Philippine Scene # 7 - Audition and Pre-Screening on a Television Show via Deal or No Deal

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Last May 10, 2012, I received an advisory from the staff of Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN Channel 2 version has Kapamilya prelude to it's worldwide name). It stated the requirements, including two official IDs (identification cards, like the SSS-Social Security System, POEA ID, passport, etc.).

What a surprise! I already forgot that I participated in the text promo of the weekly show (hosted by young actor Luis Manzano, son of famous Philippine actress-now-turned-politician Vilma Santos).

I paused for a second, then quickly reply texting back my full name. Then, my cellular phone literally shutdown. Good grief!!!

I composed myself thinking my move on the next day.

  1. What will I wear? Is it gonna be formal or just casual attire?
  2. What will I answer to the audition staff?
  3. Will I ever make it to the show?

Those questions kept on rampaging in my mind. I was excited! Not everyone is given a chance to visit a leading TV station with it's money-making show.

So, I informed my friends and some members of my family that I will be going for an audition and pre-screening.

I don't know first how valuable it is to look good on TV.

What I'm going to share is some salient points in order to be successful when going to an audition or pre-screening in a TV show.

The ABS-CBN Studio at Mother Ignacia Street cor. Esguera avenue, Quezon City, Philippines (All Photos by Travel Man)
The ABS-CBN Studio at Mother Ignacia Street cor. Esguera avenue, Quezon City, Philippines (All Photos by Travel Man)
The Audience Entrance
The Audience Entrance
Travel Man (excited, huh!?)
Travel Man (excited, huh!?)
The Mark (Deal or No Deal)
The Mark (Deal or No Deal)
Travel Man going home
Travel Man going home

The Edge in Audition or Pre-Screening

With the hint word 'pre-screening', and as the day's participants were ushered to the studio where the game is being held and recorded for a weekly viewing or presentation, each of us have something crapping in our minds.

We began comparing ourselves. We eyed for the young participants, the middle aged individuals and the mature or elderly hopefuls.

We presented our two valid IDs to the audition staff, after the guards ushered us near the door of the studio, after two hours or more waiting at the audience entrance standing.

Audition staff looked at the confirmation on each cellular phone and wrote our first names on the masking tape (it's for us to past it on our shirt or dress.). They told us to erase what they've texted to us, in order to avoid forwarded messages for other non-participants to see or comment. The instruction sealed the authenticity of their message alert for each contestant.

Prior to this, the guards gave the waiver for us to write our personal identification.

As our batch were all settled inside the studio, then. came the official psychologist (or one of the many) of the television station.

They never introduced themselves, but we were only guided by the guards as to who's staff is responsible for texting us.

As the psychologist explained the test he's going to give, a 12-item set of questions, he instructed us to fold the paper lengthwise and told us to write the numbers (1 to 6 each column) with only the YES and NO answers for the question he'll fire.

I have vague recall on the questions, but it included:

  1. Are you joining the show because of money?
  2. Will you be excited when you are chosen to grace in the show?
  3. Are you suppressing your free feeling when you get excited?
  4. Do you get starstruck with the host of the show?

With questions like these, the psychologist assured us that there will be no mistakes even our answers were different from each other.

It only shows that what the guard hinted us regarding intellectual questions that we may encounter is just a fallacy or just a joke in order for us to get scared or loose interest in the audition.

One thing clear in my mind when the pre-screening qualifiers were announced: they're young, good-looking and sport chic clothing.

Those haggard-looking and hungry contestants who waited for hours hoping to be included in the final, let's say 30 or 15 were ordered to come back again or join again and bade with a simple 'thank you' and goodbye.

Those mothers and fathers whom I befriended concluded that with this kind of show, we will not have a chance to be seen on TV. They're looking for younger contestants that they hope will help for the rating of the show.

Unless, we are willing to be part of the audience when the taping starts.


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thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

Now, I know why there's an audition and pre-screening.

TV staff will not think about the need of the contestants but will always scout for good looking and pretty applicants that help on the rating of the particular television program.

Helping people is only a second priority.

To think, the bottom-line of having TV network is to earn money, lot of it, through commercials or ads.

Most of us will think that TV stations are some kind of charity institutions, that's why we always dream or wish to be a guest or contestant in their programs in order to win prizes and money.


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Arian Rey 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Rating game will always be the main goal of every TV station.

There's always be a slim chance that you'll be selected when joining such TV show.

Age bracket of the participants in the elimination round should be considered, but that's not the way one sees it.

TV staff and producers are always in a hurry when choosing a contestant.

They'll always rely on good-looking hopefuls than their real talents in order to be considered.


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Romano Arnesto 4 years ago from Philippines

I don't hear any sour-graping, right?

Don't rely on their promotion. They will only lure you to be hungry while undergoing such audition.

And then, you will look haggard and sweaty after standing for two-long hours of waiting to be ushered to the studio where pre-screening is going on.

Psychological test? Don't believe on that crap. They'll just randomly choose and eye on those pretty girls and good-looking guys.

They're not after your personal needs. They just want the rating of their show.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: Commercial television will always be like that.

Canned television program, like Deal or No Deal will always hunt for a more pleasing, young personalities rather than pick up and help those contestants who are really in need of money.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Yeah, ratings on every TV show matters. It will help them earn more ads and audience share, once survey results pop up.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Romano Arnesto: You bet, they did! I pity those pregnant women and elders who were still hoping to be chosen.

Maybe, I'll just watch some shows, but not join the audition.

They'll only want a good presentation of the show, where everyone will be beautiful to look at.


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Tj Tagasa 4 years ago

Sir, i have received a similar text message early tonight stating that i was also randomly chosen for the pre qualifying screening just like what you expounded here in your great blog. My dilemma right now though is if the text is legit. I was expecting that id be receiving a text from an automated 4 digit number. I received mine from a regular globe number though he stated that he was Mr.. and im from Baguio so i don't know if i will risk without any assurance that the text was actually for real. Hoping for your kind reply on this matter sir, since you have experienced it first hand. Thanks and more power!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Tj Tagasa: If you really texted the 4 digit number, then it is legit. If the last request is to reply with your full name, then you're on the right track.

Good luck!


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Tj Tagasa 4 years ago

Thanks sir!


leo 4 years ago

I was up until the 3rd screening, waiting for the call haha


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@leo: Good luck to you! It's both exciting and saddening due to the fact that the old ones were outshone by the young ones with chic and fab attire.

You already have an edge if you are good-looking.


Jerxz 4 years ago

sakin nag txt, be there daw at 10 am. According to you after 2 hrs ka pala pa iintayin bago gawin yung screening na yun.

Mag palate na lang kaya ako ? nagbabasa pa naman ako ng wiki un palaa based on look :P


Jerxz 4 years ago

pasensya na. lubusin k na rin, ano po best way to go sa abs from sanjuan ? Salamat ng marami!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Jerxz: Don't be late. If the call time is 10:00 AM, then, you should be there before the time, even it will mean another two hours of waiting for the audition.

You should wear your best (or get dressed properly, formal or with tie). Basta pleasing ang personality mo (not haggard, like me, when I went there.)

I took an MRT ride from Pasay (EDSA-Taft) until I reached Qeuzon avenue and took another ride (this time through trimobile-pay P20.00) and you'll reach the audience entrance with the guard waiting for you . :)

Good luck!!! Or better watch Showtime (mas magiging masaya ka pa. ).


jerxz 4 years ago

haha. salamat po! punta ako just for the sake of experience. This post really helps a lot to me and others as well!


anonJ 4 years ago

The author is right, from writing a form to answering question 1 to 6 of yes and no. Eto napansin ko on how they choose. By Occupation, The looks, attitudes at parang raffle. Sagutin mo man yung psychological crap ng mga answers that dapat sagutin kung ano ang dapat just to get in to the game, di parin surebol na pasok ka na. Boils down to luck also


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jerxz: Good luck to you! :d I'm sure you'll enjoy watching other shows of ABS-CBN apart from Deal or No Deal, if you got lucky to be chosen (hehehe!).


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@anonJ: some part may be your looks and attire but the rest will be pure luck or the audition master likes your physique or appealing charisma.

Sana sumali ka rin para maranasan mo.


@tin 4 years ago

Thank you sa mga post nyo, ako by mon., june 25. I need to be absent from work and to travel just to be there. I just don't want to miss the chance although mejo disappointed ako s mga sinabi nyong qualifications but it helps a lot. Thank you, I hope I can make it. God bless to us!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@tin: Good luck to you. Be sure to look your best when you go to an audition.

At least, you can have you rehash on you make-up if ever you look haggard once you glance on your mirror from your 'kikay' bag. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

ako nakarating hanggang level 4 ung tinatawag na Mock Game kasama ako nag audition nung june 25, 8 na lang kaming remaining until now wait ko ung call nila,,


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@anonymous: Well, good for you to be chosen as one of the lucky 8. I seldom watch the game every weekend due to some errands and priorities to finish.

With the experience I shared here, I'll better watch 'It's Showtime' than try my luck in a game show like Deal or No Deal.

Better still, I'll have my eyes on other Talent search, like X-Factor or Got Talent. :)

Good luck! Sana mapili ka. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

tnx sir... until now wala pa din call.. hirap makapasok sa Deal, 1000 applicants down to 8 until now wala pa din...


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@anonymous: Well, if it's not meant for you, then move on. Manood ka na lang ng ibang show, like It's ShowTime.

I'm sure you'll leave the ABS-CBN studio premise with a smile. :)


Kristine 4 years ago

Sir I just received a text yesterday and it's a usual globe number it required me to go to ABS-CBN and bring 2 valid ID's and to reply with my full name to confirm attendance also the number claimed that she was Bing Ramos in the last part of the message. I am really thinking twice because i don't no if the message is legit or just plain scam please reply


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kristine: It's true and you should reply with your full name. I was also texted by Ms. Bing Ramos and required me to bring 2 valid IDs (SSS, OFW orPOEA IDs, PhilHealth or passport).

It's not a scam. But I will request you to dress formally, so that, you'll have a chance to be chosen as one of the DoND contestants.


Kristine 4 years ago

Thank you so much Sir!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kristine:Sorry for this late answer. But just the same,God bless and good luck!


mary deanne regalia 4 years ago

kailan po ang audition ng abs cbn for teens?good day po


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mary deanne regalia: You can check the network's official website. Hindi naman kasi ako connected sa kanila. I just happened to be picked as auditionee on that particular weekend tv show.


tomil 3 years ago

paano to? totoo ba to naka receive ako ng text messages na January 8 daw ang pre screening interview ko sa deal or no deal?


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@tomil: Yes, that's true! You should bring 2 valid IDs and make yourself presentable (clean with proper attire, even coat and tie or slacks with lots of awesome perfume).

Ako kasi, naka-T-shirt lang ako kaya hanggang sa questionnaire stage lang ako with the PAs and psychologist of the network.

Good luck saiyo. :)


Markus 3 years ago

thanks sa lahat ng mga inputs at least my idea na ako..naka-receive din ako ng text msg from Ms. Bing Ramos for pre-qualification and be at ABS-CBN sa Jan 8 @ 10am... i'll try my luck..


Kevin 3 years ago

Hi markus, nakareceive din ako ng text kaya ako nakarating sa blog na to.. haha.. goodluck to us. Jan 8 din ako.. Kelangan pala todo porma, buti at nabasa ko to.. Thanks! (Balak ko pa naman casual lang..) Haha!


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kevin and Markus: So there, guys. At least this hub helped you on how to look good during an interview in a television show.

Good luck is not enough. Do your best to make it difficult for them who to choose among from you. :)


mary ann 3 years ago

hello nka recive po ako ng message from BING RAMOS. ngaun lang po at qualifying screening po daw bukas. totoopo b to ? dko aman alam kong saan ung studio nla...


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mary ann: Hello, andiyan ka pa ba? Totoo 'yan. Sakay ka lang ng MRT at hinto ka sa Quezon Ave. MRT station. Then sa baba, maramng tricyle drivers na nag-aabang. Sabihin mo lang na sa Audience entrance ng ABS-CBN. Doon ka ihihinto.

Magbihis ka at mag-ayos nang maganda. Points din 'yan. Good luck!


mary ann 3 years ago

hello ng punta po ako nka pasa aq s unang round s mga tanung n yes or no. hehe after 2nd round wala n hehehe.. s pag kaka kita ko khapon. d aman points pg papaganda at ung mga maganda.. kai my mga kasama nkilala aq dun n mga maganda d nga pumasa s unang round hehehe. u need to fucos ur seff s mga tanung at kong alam mo makakapasok k. good luck s mga sasali . ung 5 n tanung jan s basahin u yan tas sagutin u ng maayos kong yes or no..


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mary ann: Good for you to be there and passed the second round of the audition. Siguro random ang pagpili nila. But it's also a good point to dress up from the interview. Sabi ng pyschologist ng ABS-CBN, wala nang tama o mali sa sagot natin.

Ang nakakatawa lang, kung starstruck ba tayo kay Luis Manzano (hehe).

I answered no, kasi mayroon silang binibilugan na sagot natin, nakita ko.At siyempre pipiliin nila kung sumagot ka sa tanong na iyon ng YES. :)


zach 3 years ago

ako din marry ann the same dAY pumunta, ang sagot kay luis originally ay no kasi i was thinking na baka pag nag yes ako isipin nila mawala focus ko sa game... kaya i changed it to YES..(hehe) feeling ko factor talaga ung my good looking... at tsaka suwertehan lang talaga un ang pinaka factor na isa. sa tingin ko lng ah.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zach: Good for you, Zach na pinalitan mo iyong answer mo. Dito kasi sa atin kapag ganyang mga show, good looks din ang plus factor sa mga nakakapasa sa audition and of course, ang personal hygiene mo na rin.


Trick 3 years ago

Hello last March 18 i received a text at naniwala naman ako.. actually pupunta na ako sa MArch 20 kasi yun yung sinabing date.. napagisip ko kung kailangan talagang magsuot ng formal? I mean i prepare my long sleeve kasi originally plano ko lang is to wear polo shirt and pants kasi im 18 years old lang naman... seryoso to? maglolongsleeve ako bukas but i kinda hesitate baka naman pagtawanan naman nila ako kasi ako lang yung pupunta doon ng formal


21 3 years ago

Hello everyone I attended the march 20 auditions and pass through the two screening test and lastly the third part was the video interview in front of everyone who passed the second screening. after the video part people can actually go home na and rest..

they would call/text nalang hopefully again.. :) goodluck to all those who got video interviewed :)


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Trick: Okay, casual attire will do for the youth but with this national TV program audition, you should be prim and proper whenever you will undergo this kind of screening.

Nakapasok ka ba? What happened?


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@21: Congrats. All you have to do is wait for the text and call, hopefully. Be confident and be positive. You are on to the next level, competing live with banker.


21 3 years ago

the waiting is the agony part...

hopefully someone can answer what is the average waiting time to be chosen to be part of the mock game..


Trick 3 years ago

21..Feeling ko kilala kita nakaabot din ako sa Interview part eh haha (ako yung 18 years old na naka long sleeve kung di mo natatandaan) bigay ka ng clue kung sino ka kasi konti nalang tayo nun kaya makilala kita haha ngayon hintay-hintay din ako haha sana makarating tayo sa Mock Game - tip of advice guys! wag kayong kakabahan kapag nag sscreen tska wag nyong dadaanin sa awa or iyak kasi yun pa yung magiging reason na malaglag kayo sa top choices.


21 3 years ago

ung gwapo .. :) haha joke lang ...

ako ung naka backpack .. ^_^


rabbaj 3 years ago

hi pede po bang magtanng paano po ba maksali sa deal or no deal?gus2 ko kcng makasali..paano po ba ang proseso.?


21 3 years ago

update lang for mock game na po :) wish me luck everyone :)


Trick 3 years ago

21.. yeah kilala na kita hahaha kaw yung magaling sumagot haha


21 3 years ago

Thanks Trick.. :)

update uli? mga 16 kami nag mock game..

Actually knowing na kasali sa magmomock game was a mixture of emotions.. why?

Una parang di nanaman totoo ung text na pinadala nila hehe *pero siyempre nawala na rin ung doubt ko na di totoo kasi nga nag audition nga naman talaga ako.. Pangalawa, pano ko papaalam sa mga tao na gusto ko silang isama for the mock game, at pano sila sasama lalo na we are coming from the south .. Pangatlo naging night shift ako this May so ang mangyayari eh tuloy tuloy na ko hanggang the next day..

dahil sa mga reasons na un parang napaisip ako na wag nalang ituloy..

pero in the end sayang rin naman ung opportunity so pinush ko parin .. :)

on the day of mock, hay nako as expected nagkagulo sa numbering kung sino mauuna.. medyo di talaga maayos ung system nila about this. one request ko nalang siguro dito if ever eh gawin nilang by schedule ng time ung mga mag momock kasi isipin mo 9am call time lahat kayo.. tapos 4 or 5pm pa makakalaro.. hassle at kahiya dun sa mga sinama mo.. kaya mas maganda walang lakad talaga ung mga isasama mo para sa mock. nakatulog pa sana ako.. tsk.

overall ok naman ung experience and would update you guys if makalusot.. :)


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@21 & Trick: Naka-pasok na ba kayo sa game on tv? I hope so. Kasi napapanuod ko lately ay pawang mga guest artists ang naglalaro.


yocte dante 2 years ago

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