Jared wrote me:
"...They need her more than Angel..."
Di ko na-gets? Sinong they????? And sinong her???
Here's my response:
ABS-CBN needs Angel Locsin more than Angel Locsin needs ABS-CBN.
Does ABS-CBN really need Angel? Not really. But by taking away Angel from GMA, they remove one of the thorns in their ratings war against GMA. So it really helps ABS-CBN a lot. That's all they really need to do. They don't really need to put Angel in any ABS-CBN show, they just needed Angel not to be in GMA anymore. This is the reason why I think it is not a good move for Angel career wise since GMA is already giving her projects and I don't know if ABS-CBN will give her any "better" projects unless they are paying her more which I think is not the case. Does Angel desperately need to work with Christopher de Leon that's why she left GMA? I doubt it. Angel is already getting the top-rated shows in Mega Manila being on GMA so what is ABS-CBN going to give her career-wise? Definitely not more viewers (she already did that on her own) and she's already the highest paid artist in all of GMA.
So it looks like it was either money, or the bad blood between Angel Locsin and GMA reached a boiling point.
I don't think this will affect GMA much, since I think they've been focusing on story-telling rather than personalities in some of their shows anyway for some time now. ABS-CBN is clearly the winner in this deal since all they need to do is give Angel a movie -- for as long as she is not in the other network, they've already scored a couple points in the ratings game. Angel Locsin for me is the clear loser. ABS-CBN is already crowded with female stars and then she comes in expecting to be the queen? And what if the TV-series she stars in for ABS-CBN loses in the ratings? She is now throwing herself at the mercy of the ABS-CBN production team which she has never worked with in her life -- a production team she has repeatedly beaten in the ratings with her years in GMA. That's a career move? Boggles the mind. And Angel's fans are GMA fans -- and then she expects them to switch because of her? I think Angel and her manager are over-estimating their influence in Philippine showbiz.
Again, a lot of money and/or communication breakdown with GMA. ABS-CBN should pair Angel Locsin with Sam Milby for immediate impact. It could be the ratings winner they have been waiting for all these years.