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Saturday night TV made more exciting

The partnership of Manny Pangilinan’s TV5 and Vic del Rosario’s Viva TV is well on its way to changing Pinoys’ TV viewing habits.

Starting Feb. 6, TV5 will air two new exciting TV shows namely, “Born to be a Star” and “Tasya Fantasya.”

“Born to be a Star” is inspired by the success of the defunct “Star For A Night,” a Viva TV production that paved the way for the careers of recording stars Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista.

shy carlos plays the lead  on ‘Tasya Fantasya’

shy carlos plays the lead
on ‘Tasya Fantasya’

A search for the next singing sensation, “Born to be a Star” sees Mark as a judge along with Rico Blanco, Andrew E and Pops Fernandez.

Pops was readying for retirement when Viva called. “I couldn’t say no to Boss Vic. He told me it’s about time I pay it forward to the industry by helping and mentoring hopeful singers achieve their dreams,” she related.

Andrew E, on his part, hopes the contestants, whom he describes as excellent singers, would all hit it big someday.

“Born to be a Star” will premiere this Saturday at 7 p.m.

It is followed at 8 p.m. by the comedy fantaserye “Tasya Fantasya,” which tells the story of a young househelp in love with her good-looking employer.

Her life would change when she discovers a Balete tree that happens to be a portal to a fantasy world where dreams become real.

“Tasya Fantasya” stars Shy Carlos, Mark Neumann, AJ Muhlach, Kim Molina, Jasmine Hollingworth, Jordan, Malak So, Arvic Tan, Freddie Webb, Ara Mina, John Lapus, Candy Pangilinan and this writer.

Also adding to the fun is the new and improved “Wattpad Presents” and “MTV Pinoy: MTV Top 20 Pilipinas.”

Airing this Saturday following “Tasya Fantasya” is “Wattpad Presents: Avah Maldita” starring hot YouTube sensation Ella Cruz.

“MTV Pinoy: MTV Top 20 Pilipinas” helps end your Saturdays on a high note airing the coolest music videos ever. From current chart toppers by One Direction, to throwback hits by Madonna, the show – hosted by beautiful Viva newbie Arianna – will have an array of diverse music videos to satisfy all ages.

Catch the stars of these shows as they visit various areas around Metro Manila via the Viva Kapatid Caravan.