You can’t blame the competition for trying. Even as ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime took to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for a grand sixth anniversary kick-off concert on Saturday, GMA 7’s regular Eat Bulaga programming from Broadway Centrum still reigned supreme conquering both TV ratings and Twitterverse in astounding numbers.
Yet again, AlDub mega phenomenon broke its own 12 million Twitter record from last week and generated 21 million tweets and counting for hashtag #AlDubEBforLove.
In a mission to court Yaya Dub, it was Alden Richards’ first time to visit the household of Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and her sisters Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) and Tinidora (Jose Manalo).
Upon arriving, Alden immediately showed manners of a gentleman like blessing to the grandmothers, giving them flowers and even removing his shoes before entering the house.
Finally, Yaya Dub revealed herself in a simple, collared red dress and a spark between her and Alden was immediately evident.
However, Lola Nidora imposed strict rules once again like “no touching” and maintaining a one-foot distance from each other.
Always respecting the elder’s requests, the two just teased by getting close to each other—even almost hugging—but never did. They also ate together and even fed one another with cake.
Seeing that the two were very obedient, Lola Nidora permitted Alden to visit their mansion anytime to see Yaya Dub again as long as she and her sisters are also present.
But what really made a mark in this day’s episode was the last part when finally, Yaya Dub shrieked, “It must be love!” not just once but twice! The scene happened as she said goodbye to Alden after they met at Lola Nidora’s mansion.
Another noticeable instances were when Yaya Dub and Alden were talking with each other without mic or lapel.
It’s Showtime, meanwhile, kept on reminding its viewers to tweet their official hashtag #ShowtimeKapamilyaDay that counted at 4 million by 3 p.m.
The figures from both shows were so massive that Twitter seemed to have reset. It’s Showtime’s recorded tweet of 4 million dwindled to 400 thousand at 1 p.m. while a few moments after 4 p.m., Eat Bulaga’s official hashtag slipped from 20 million to 150, 000.
‘It’s Showtime’ pulls out all the cards
Prior to the big Saturday showdown, It’s Showtime’s revelation of its star-studded “ANIMversarry” kickoff—Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KatNiel), James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine), Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil (LizQuen), Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi), Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Richard Yap, the show’s mainstays Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia, among the lost list of stars—raised the eyebrows of the show’s critics.
But the news of all their favorite love teams and artists sharing one stage was enough for fans to troop down Smart Araneta Coliseum. At one point in the show, a host proudly declared that there were 7,000 attendees.
The Manila Times, one of the media entities who monitored the show live, witnessed how the fandom gathered, flashed their hand-made and digitalized banners, and screamed at the top of their lungs for their favorite love teams and artists.
The over-all mood was festive and the high energy from the exploding opening act up to the eardrum-shattering closing production did not falter.
But the most memorable production was that of the show’s “in-house love team” Vicerylle (Vice Ganda and Karylle). Vice went as far as giving Karylle two peck on the lips that threw their unlikely love team’s fans off the roof.
Also notable was the fact that loveteams KatNiel, JaDine, and LizQuen performed together onstage at exactly 2 p.m., the expected time that the competition’s “Kalyeserye” showed AlDub together.
Coco Martin serenading “Pastillas Girl” also aired alongside and the closing production where three of country’s most popular love teams went onstage all at the same time. The screams of those love team’s fans were suffice to leave Araneta roofless.
But if the number of tweets was to be the basis, It’s Showtime, definitely did not succeed in the online battle but if the joy and satisfaction from the live audience were to be used as measurement, they definitely fulfilled their promise from the show’s very beginning—make the day enjoyable for everyone.