ABS-CBN announced the hosts for the upcoming reality television show Dream Maker which will form a new 7-member pop group that will be launched internationally.
Kapamilya stars Kim Chiu and Ryan Bang are set to host the show.
"Ako style ko dito kakaiba kasi 'to kasi iba yung format ng buong show and first time kong gumawa ng ganito so abangan na lang nila kung paano kami ni Ryan sa Dream Maker," Kim said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Meanwhile, Ryan will not only be hosting but also will be the one translating the comments of the Korean mentors.
"Sila talaga 'yung mentors legendary sila sa K-Pop industry so talagang kilala sila at sikat. So habang ako nagta-translate, kinakabahan ako... Ito sila 'pag mag-comment parang walang charot-charot, na wala 'yung malambing. Minsan real talk sila," Ryan shared.
Kim also took to social media to express her gratitude and excitement for having been entrusted with the role to host the reality competition.
"Extremely grateful!❤️💙💚 This means so much to me! Thank you @DreamMakerOfc for the trust and the opportunity. Di ako makapaniwala. Ngayon lang nag sink in sakin. Totoo pala to!😭🙏🏻 Thank you. Maraming salamat po.❤️ #DreamMaker malapit na! Nov 19 and 20 na!" she posted.
ABS-CBN also revealed the names of the Korean mentors. Among those who will serve as mentors are as follows original MBLAQ member Thunder; choreographer of MOMOLAND and LAPILIS Bae Wan-hee; Dancer, choreographer, and Produce 101 Dance mentor Bae Yoon-jung; composer and producer Seo Won-jin; and composer and producer Bullseye. Brown Eyed Girls vocalist and singer-songwriter Jea will be the show's guest dream mentor. A set of Filipino mentors will also be part of the show.
It was in September when ABS-CBN announced its partnership with South Korea’s MLD Entertainment and KAMP Global to produce Dream Maker.
The show was described as similar to Korean idol survival shows wherein aspirants have to undergo training and performances.
"It’s a reality competition that will be searching for a new male pop group that will be launched internationally, specifically to debut in Korea," Lauren Dyogi said back in September.
He highlighted that their partnership with the two Korean companies is a step forward in bringing Filipino talents to the global scene.
"We’re really serious about getting into the international arena. We’re looking at all ways and means to get the Filipino artist, the Filipino talent to be recognized globally,” he stated.
“We’re very happy to have partners who recognize that Filipinos are very talented and that we can compete globally. This is one step. With our two new partners, it will be easier, faster, better for us to get to the global arena in the shortest possible time," he added.
Meanwhile, MLD Entertainment CEO Lee Hyung-jin said that he believes that P-Pop has what it takes to make it on the global scene.
"[I’ve] seen so much talent on the P-pop side, girls and boys who love to sing and dance. As K-pop has become a global phenomenon, I believe that P-pop is the next," the SouthKorean executive pointed out.
KAMP Global CEO Tim Kim remarked that they will be looking not just for people with talent but also with the global mindset.
"We’re looking to combine the K-pop training system with P-pop. As most people know, in K-pop, we spend a lot of time training on top of pure talent. Diligence is probably the first thing we’re looking for,” he said.
“Second is pure talent and X-factor. We’re looking for the biggest stars, so the X-factor and talent in both vocal and performance like choreography [are] definitely something we’re looking for," he added.
He continued,:"More importantly, we are looking for a P-pop group, but we’re looking for a global group. A global mindset and being a global citizen is another factor that we’re looking for."
Dream Maker will air every Saturday and Sunday, starting on November 19 and 20 via Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.