Showbiz Love Teams: Boon or Bane?

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales

Nowadays, there are famous love teams that have solid mass following which catapulted them to the zenith of success. The question is, how long will these tscreen duos be able to keep the interest of the public?

Undoubtedly, love teams would always be a part and parcel of local show business. It’s an effective way to propel the popularity of a budding screen pair. Recent times witnessed how the younger crop of stars dominated the limelight. Truly, the celluloid world becomes more and more exciting with the emergence of fresh tandems who delight and tickle the fancies of their adoring supporters. Yes! Fan hysteria is always alive because of love teams.

With the major film and television outfits continuously fielding their respective bets in the love team fray, the more thrilling the arena has become. Movie moguls and boob tube executives are leaving no stones unturned just to make these screen pairings shine and stay long in the scene. They are given big-budgeted soap operas, potboilers, concerts, record albums and meet-and-greet events to ensure that their popularity is sustained.

They have their mother networks to back them up with the right exposure and projects. Their popularity may be sizzling hot at this point but knowing how unpredictable things are in showbiz, these tandems should always be on their toes.

In this light, let’s take a peek of the present top love teams, zeroing in on their potential to continue lording it over the scene in the coming days despite the stiff challenges.

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza

More popularly known as AlDub, this screen tandem is considered phenomenal. They started in Eat Bulaga’s warmly-received segment called Kalye-serye. They were able to capture the hearts of millions of TV buffs with their top-notch chemistry. Who would’ve thought that this twosome will go this far?

*Popularity: They have immense support from their millions of fans in and outside the Philippines. They’ve trended consistently in social media sites like Twitter and even caught the attention of internationally-renowned entertainment TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Their Sa Tamang Panahon show at the Philippine Arena was a certified success.
*Hit TV Show: AlDub further solidified Eat Bulaga’s position as the unrivalled noontime variety show in the land. Their daily exposure made EB’s ratings soar higher and higher. Because of their popularity, talks are rife that they will soon star in a GMA soap.

*Box-office Clout: Their maiden big screen starrer, My Bebe Love #Kilig Pa More was one of the top-grossers in last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
*Acting Prowess: Both already have acting awards tucked under their sleeves. Alden won his first Best Actor trophy from the PMPC for his work in Ilustrado while Maine was adjudged Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 MMFF Awards for her performance in My Bebe Love# Kilig Pa More.
*Endorsements: As compared to their rivals, they are tops in this department. From phone cards to burger chain to beauty products, their billboards along the main thoroughfares can be seen.

*Strengths: Massive fan base, support from EB, considerable artistic talents

*Weakness: Still need to prove that they can carry a vehicle on the strength of their names outside the EB umbrella.


Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo

They are two of ABS-CBN’s premiere stars. Tagged as Kathniel by their swooning fans, this tandem is definitely one of the most popular in contemporary times. In fact, they are considered royalties both in the movie and boob tube arenas. For years, they were able to prove that their popularity isn’t a fluke with their list of accomplishments as a team.
*Popularity: Their legions of fans always support their projects both in the big and small screens. Whenever they have road shows here and abroad, expect thunderous applause and loud cheering given to them. Their fans’ day are always well-attended, a proof that they are a really hot pair.

*Hit TV Shows: They top-billed three prime time soaps which are certified top raters—Princess and I, Got to believe and the currently airing Pangako sa ‘Yo.

*Box-office Clout: Among their hit movies are Must Be Love, Crazy Beautiful You, Pagpag…Siyam na Buhay and She’s Dating the Gangster

*Acting Prowess: Daniel has already nabbed Best Actor nominations from the FAMAS Awards for Pagpag…Siyam na Buhay and She’s Dating the Gangster while Kathryn got Best Actress nominations for said vehicles as well.

*Endorsements: These two are also sought-after product endorsers. From undergarments to juice drinks to beauty products, name it. They’re a staple fixture.

*Strengths: Huge fan base, strong back-up from their mother network, artistic talents

*Weakness: Predictability of the roles they do on screen.


James Reid and Nadine Lustre

Definitely, they’re one of the hottest screen pairs in the local ‘biz these days. Having started as an experimental love team a few years ago via the sleeper hit Diary ng Panget, the JaDine tandem instantly gained fame and recognition. At present, they are a goldmine to their mother studio Viva Entertainment. Especially with their admittance that they’re a real-life couple, the more they got endeared to their huge number of followers.

*Popularity: Their fans tripled in numbers since their Diary ng Panget days. Whenever they have premiere nights for their films, concerts (like their historical , live guest stints or road shows, expect their legions of supporters to be around to cheer and give them moral support. They also trend well on various social media sites, a proof of the public’s high level of interest on them. It also helps that the two are successful recording stars as well.

*Hit TV Shows: They headlined the recently-concluded ABS-CBN soap On the Wings of Love which was a mammoth hit – a certified ratings chart-topper.

*Box-office Clout: JaDine has a good batting average when it comes to hit potboilers. After Diary ng Panget, they went on to star in three more hit flicks namely, Talk Back and You’re Dead, Para sa Hopeless Romantic and the 2015 MMFF top-grosser Beauty and the Bestie (with Vice Ganda and Coco Martin). Their upcoming movie titled This Time is also a potential blockbuster.

*Acting Prowess: They still have to win an acting award to validate the competence they exhibit on their screen portrayals.

*Endorsements: This pair is beginning to ink endorsement deals with named brands/products.

*Strengths: Strong fan base, singing talent that offers variety to the fans, natural screen chemistry.

*Weaknesses: Predictability of roles they play on screen.


Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano

Touted as one of the gorgeous screen pairs these days, LizQuen is a definite asset of ABS-CBN. Fans just adore them as their love team is a hit both in film and the boob tube. They have a good batting average in commercially successful projects. They are considered as the “Breakthrough Love Team of 2015.”

*Popularity: LizQuen commands huge support from their legions of fans here and abroad who are always ready to patronize their projects be it a soap, movie, live guest stint, concerts, etc. They are also favorite cover subjects for various entertainment and lifestyle magazines.

*Hit TV shows: They first made waves in Forevermore which was a certified primetime winner. The same can be said of their on-going Dolce Amore.

*Box-office Clout: LizQuen has two hit movies tucked under their sleeves namely, Just the Way You Are and Every Day I Love You, both produced by Star Cinema.

*Acting Prowess: It’s obvious that they are engaging performers and have a lot of time to further hone their acting chops.

*Endorsements: This is the department that these two stars don’t figure in prominently as compared to their rivals. They have some but not as major as that of AlDub, for instance.

*Strengths: Physical compatibility on screen, wide fan base.

*Weaknesses: Their physical attributes may limit the projects that can be given to them since the masses has bias with not so outstandingly good-looking stars like LizQuen. Not unless the storyline will be tweaked and adjusted, they are not always believable as underdog characters because of their looks.


Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali

This love team can be considered as GMA’s silent weapon at this point. Their performance in the ratings game is consistent. They are a new screen pair…very young, fresh and promising. They can be a future threat to the more established love teams both in the Kapuso and Kapamilya grounds.

*Popularity: Avid TV buffs love the freshness of their team-up. Their maiden offering in 2015 was an acid test. They passed it with flying colors, the reason why GMA gave them a follow-up project right away.

*Hit TV Shows: Their first starrer Once Upon a Kiss did well in the ratings chart and so does their currently airing afternoon soap Wish I May.
*Box-office Clout: They still have to star in their launching movie.

*Acting prowess: They gave adequate performances in the two soaps they starred in, which captured the hearts of the viewers.

*Endorsements: Being a young screen pair, they still have to be tapped to endorse a major product or brand which is not impossible to happen in the coming days.
*Strengths: Freshness of their pairing, growing fan base, considerable acting skills

*Weaknesses: Still have a lot to prove in a lot of areas.


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