Judy Ann Santos is first to admit that hosting is not her cup of tea. But she does her best to improve on it, with the help of her husband, the talented TV host Ryan Agoncillo.
The actress shares that Ryan gives her pointers, urging her "to be comfortable" on the job, a tall order for Judy Ann.
“Kahit na sabihin niya sa akin na ‘You have to be comfortable,’ I can’t be comfortable! Kasi it’s all about talking and I’m not talkative! So, that’s one point na kailangan kong pagtuunan ng pansin,” she tells the interviewer.
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Judy Ann's first stab at hosting was in the reality cook-offs Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition, which aired from August 2011 to February 2012, and MasterChef Pinoy Edition, which aired from November 2012 to February 2013.
Her ample knowledge and skill in cooking made her a reliable and interesting presenter of the international reality show franchise. Having earned a degree in culinary arts a few years back, Judy Ann was a perfect fit.
A hardworker, Judy Ann delivered, and the shows had successful first-season runs.
But as far as the actress was concerned, the shows only made her realize that hosting was her Achilles heel.
At a press launch last Monday, September 24, when she also announced the new product she would be endorsing. the young superstar charmed a roomful of entertainment writers with her candidness.
For all her gargantuan talent in acting, Judy Ann says her hosting skill isn’t something one can bet on.
“I can’t lie naman about it. Kasi in acting, I’ve been acting for more than two decades already!"
With another hosting stint on its way, the American TV game show Bet On Your Baby, this mother of two is more than ever bent on improving her hosting skill.
“In hosting… bagong panganak pa lang ako sa pagho-host!”
WATERLOO. However brilliant a television and movie actress she has turned out to be, Judy Ann says she hasn’t really the gift of yap.
She grapples with words, she admits, and is not one heck of a conversationalist.
“Hindi po ako mahilig sa conversations pag hindi ko talaga kilala yung tao.
“For some reason, people would tell na medyo suplada ako tignan, mahirap ako i-approach.
“Kasi mahiyain po ako makipag-usap sa mga tao, lalo na pag mga ganitong English yung press con!
“Yung kaba ng dibdib ko nakakaabot po ito hanggang Ortigas. Hindi lang masyado nahahalata!,” she jokes, totally disarming her audience in fits of laughter.
It is no joke, however, that during taping, Judy Ann would feel sick to the stomach.
“Yung lahat na ng tensyon naramdaman ko na.
“Maybe because I’m not that yet comfortable with my playground now.”
Being professional, she commits herself to a successful delivery of the new show.
“I’m pretty sure na pag patapos naman na siya, kumportable na ako,” she assured.
HUSBAND AS MENTOR. In all appearances, Judy Ann and husband, TV host Ryan Agoncillo, are soul mates. The actress says Ryan is her personal coach when it comes to hosting.
During tapings, Judy Ann gets pointers from Ryan via texting.
“I would text him every minute, every hour tine-text ko siya kung ano yung nararamdaman ko. He would call me up.
“It helps a lot that Ryan’s a better host. Not a better a host, [but] an excellent host at that,” she beams.
For the most part, Ryan’s nuggets of advice work. Still, Judy Ann says on some days, she finds herself struggling.
“Marami siyang mga pointers na sinasabi sa akin. Na-realize ko na, ‘Oo nga, totoo nga yun!’"
In her heart, Judy Ann knows that she’s trying and it doesn’t matter if it’s a hit and miss for now.