WATCH: Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 5 premieres January 23

MANILA, Philippines - Popular talent competition “Pilipinas Got Talent” (PGT) returns to television to search for the best Pinoy acts starting Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 on ABS-CBN.

The judges of Pilipinas Got Talent: FMG, Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda and Robin Padilla
The judges of Pilipinas Got Talent: FMG, Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda and Robin Padilla
Hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano, the local adaptation of the worldwide hit franchise gets even bigger this season as PGT welcomes a new set of judges. Joining resident judge and certified star maker Freddie “FMG” Garcia in the panel are award-winning versatile actress Angel Locsin, “astig” idol Robin Padilla, and the phenomenal box-office star and comedian Vice Ganda.

This season also marks the first time the judges will use the Golden Buzzer. If any of the judges decides to press the Golden Buzzer, the contestant instantly goes straight to the semi-finals.

Last week, the preliminary live auditions roared to life at the KIA Theater where hopefuls from Metro Manila pulled out all the stops to impress the judges and the live audience. In the coming weeks, the “PGT” team will go around different parts of the country to cull and watch the potential talents from the different regions.

The popular “Got Talent” franchise first made its debut on Philippine television in 2010, when siomai vendor Jovit Baldivino was named the first grand winner. In 2011, it returned for the back-to-back seasons 2 and 3 won by singer Marcelito Pomoy and singing trio Maasinhon Trio, respectively. In 2013, online singing sensation Roel Manlangit was named the grand winner of PGT’s fourth season.

Pinoy acts not only conquered the local stage but the international stage as well, as some “PGT” contestants made it to the first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” Shadow act El Gamma Penumbra was named the grand winner, Gerphil Flores was among the top five finalists, and the Velasco Brothers made it to the semi-finals.

Who will be the season five's grand winner?

Don’t miss “Pilipinas Got Talent” this Saturday (Jan 23), right after “MMK,” and Sunday (Jan 24) after “Rated K” on ABS-CBN.

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