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On October 24, 2009, Showtime premiered as a morning program, airing before the network’s noontime shows, and served as the replacement for Pilipinas, Game KNB? following its successful 8-year run. The original cast consisted of Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz, and Vice Ganda as the permanent judge. During the third season, the show added previously evicted judges Billy Crawford and Karylle as hosts.
In its first four seasons Showtime’s competition format was that three groups, each made up of two to twenty-five members (with no age limit), perform a single performance, either a song and/or dance number. After the group’s performance, the judges give a collective “yes” or “no” to the group. If the judges give a “yes”, the group is considered part of the main contest, with the judges’ scores of the group’s performance included in the calculation of the winner. A “no” means exclusion of the group from the main contest. This segment was removed during season 2. In season 3, during the February 16, 2011, episode the segment returned, but with no random selection. Instead the group automatically performs on stage.