From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Hit the Snooze Alarm! Shalani Soledad on “Willing Willie!”
It was bad enough when our local cable network in Guimaras started picking up "Willing Willie's" new TV program on TV5. In my opinion, Willie Revillame's new show is just a boring rehash of his old " Wowowee" program. While I certainly do not mind watching the new WW dancing girls (along with some of the dancers that left the old show), I was horrified to learn that Philippine President Aquino's ex-girlfriend, (no, not personal stylist, Liz Uy, that romance is already over) Shalani Soledad, was going to be the co-host for Willie's latest venture.
I watched Shalani's debut since my Filipina wife is a big fan of Willie's, and was bored to tears as she stood almost motionless throughout the whole program and was about as exciting as a dead bangus that had been out of water for years. I am sure that this was a good publicity stunt on Mr. Revillame's part, but honestly, I felt Ms. Soledad, also a councilor of Valenzuela City, was WAY out of her element. All she could do was smile and murmur a few words occasionally, and was a jarring contrast to Willie's high energy and the rest of the regular Willie crew.
From the reviews I have read in the Philippines, I guess quite a few Filipinos agree with me. Their remarks have been quite harsher than mine. I have no personal animosity towards the lady, but have to wonder if she is just using this as a stepping stone to a higher political office in the Philippines. Perhaps she will try to run for Senator as is being rumored in some circles?
Thankfully, my wife will watch something else other than "Willing Willie" if any other good alternative programming can be found. I personally will tune to any show that would even depict paint drying on a wall. It will far more pleasant to watch than Shalani Soledad. Now if she would just dress like one of the WW girls, that might get my attention!