Wil Time Bigtime (formerly known as Willing Willie) is a Philippine primetime variety game show broadcast by TV5. The show premiered on October 23, 2010 with its main host Willie Revillame. It is produced by Wil Productions, Inc. and airs daily from Mondays to Fridays (7:00-9:00PM; after Aksyon) and Saturdays (5-7:45PM; after Sabado Sineplex). The show broadcasts live from Studio A of the TV5 Complex.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Main HostEdit


Guest co-hostsEdit

Former co-hostsEdit


  • Anna Feliciano
  • Owen Ercia
  • DJ Coki
  • Bigtime Girls


First broadcast under the name Willing Willie, the show was formed as a result of the cancellation of Wowowee and the transfer of Willie Revillame to TV5. Several personalities from Wowowee appearing on Willing Willie include DJ Coki Meneses (disc jockey), Owen Ercia (floor director), Anna Feliciano (choreographer), April "Congratulations" Gustillo, Lovely Abella and some former ASF dancers who comprise the in-house WW.Girls.[6][7]

The show premiered on October 23, 2010 with Willie Revillame as host and Mo Twister as co-host. It was earlier reported that Revillame was courting Sandra Seiffert and Venus Raj as co-hosts, but both declined the offer.[8][9] Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad accepted the job, eventually appearing on the November 8, 2010 episode.[10]

Dancer feuds Edit

Two WW.Girl members, Aprilyn "Congratulations" Gustillo and Monique "Pak" Natada, were suspended for five days from the show on November 2010 because of a fight over a lipstick.[11][12] On January 12, 2011, the WW.Girls group was given a three-day suspension for fighting over each other in Twitter.[13][14]

Copyright infringement allegationsEdit

On November 24, 2010, ABS-CBN filed a copyright infringement suit against Willie Revillame, Wil Productions, Inc. and TV5 for allegedly copying Wowowee in Willing Willie. However, hearings on the case, which was filed at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 66 under presiding judge Joselito C. Villarosa, was suspended after the Court of Appeals granted the request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) by TV5.[15]

TV5 then filed a petition for certiorari, prohibition and writ of preliminary injunction before the Court of Appeals. ABS-CBN responded by filing a motion seeking to dismiss the petition of the former. On March 10, 2011, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of TV5.[16][17]

Child abuse controversyEdit

On March 12, 2011, Willing Willie featured a segment in which a 6-year old boy performed a 'macho dance' to the tune of Dr. Dre's The Next Episode as his talent. At first, the incident came and went without much clamor. It wasn't until a clip of the show was posted on YouTube that it began eliciting an online furor. On March 25, Benjamin Pimental of the Inquirer wrote, "We have a big problem if it’s OK for most people to let a big shot TV host treat a child like garbage."[18] This was followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development releasing a statement three days later asserting that this was a clear case of child abuse.[19][20][21] In a press statement, the DSWD condemned 'the emotional abuse and humiliation bestowed on a six-year-old child contestant'.[22] The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is currently pursuing an investigation of the program for violating Section 10 of Republic Act No. 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.[23]

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is also conducting hearings on the issue. On April 8, three members of the MTRCB panel inhibited from the case.[24] The decision of the MTRCB is due by the end of May.[25]

The issue received condemnation from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, showbiz personalities by the likes of Jim Paredes[26], Bianca Gonzalez[26], Lea Salonga, Aiza Seguerra[27], Leah Navarro (of the Black and White Movement), K Brosas, Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon (of rival program Mara Clara) and Tuesday Vargas, through the social networking site Twitter, columnists of the Philippine Daily Inquirer such as Randy David,[28] Rina Jimenez-David,[29][30][31] Michael Tan,[32] and Benjamin Pimentel[18], as well as militant organizations such as GABRIELA.

Mang Inasal, Procter & Gamble, CDO, Cebuana Lhuiller, Nutri-Asia and Unilever pulled out their advertisements from the show on the first week of April[33] after pressures resulting from this controversy.[34][35]

As a result, Revillame announced that the show would be on hiatus starting April 11. He warned that charges would also be filed against those who attacked him on Twitter.[36][37][38][39] He questioned why only Willing Willie was singled out, while other shows such as Showtime and Goin' Bulilit[40] were not.

On April 18, 2011, Revillame stated that he would no longer file charges against the celebrities who attacked him on Twitter.[41]

On April 25, 2011, the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) filed a child abuse case against Revillame, TV5 and its officials, including chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.[42] The DSWD filed a similar suit two days later.[43]

The show did not resume on April 25, pending a go-signal from TV5.[44] On April 27, the Philippine Entertainment Portal reported that the show would resume on May 7 with a new format.

On May 3, 2011, MTRCB issued a month-long suspension for the show and placed it under probationary status, meaning that the show needs daily permits from the MTRCB before airing after the suspension is lifted. The days that had passed since the show voluntarily went off the air on April 8 were counted.[45]

Poverty perpetuationEdit

In the process of deliberating the sanctions against Willing Willie, the MTRCB, saying that it was heeding the call for sweeping reforms of the television industry, also brought up the matter of whether the show, and others like it on Philippine television, attracts its audience by offering 'quick fixes' to the audience members' poverty in the form of prize money.[46]

In the decision of the board in which it suspended the Willing Willie show,[45], it stated[46]:


Wil Time BigtimeEdit

On May 9, 2011, Cristy Fermin reported on Juicy! Express that the show would return with a new title, Wil Time Bigtime, on May 14, occupying the same timeslot.[47]

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit


  1. Wil Time Bigtime | Watch Wil Time Bigtime Online | Wil Time Bigtime Live Audience on TV5
  2. Wil Time Bigtime celebrates its first anniversary at the Araneta Coliseum retrieved via 10-23-2012
  3. Mariel Rodriguez's Wil Time Bigtime debut marks all-time high ratings for the TV5 show retrieved via 10-19-2012
  4. Camille Villar will be Wil Time Bigtime's guest host for a week retrieved via 11-21-2012
  5. Mariel Rodriguez begins hosting duties for TV5's Wil Time Bigtime; Robin Padilla guests on Willie Revillame's show retrieved via 10-16-2012
  6. The Wowowee staff and their no-turning-back decision to join Willing Willie | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  7. Anna Feliciano and 10 Wowowee dancers are reunited with Willie Revillame on TV5 | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  8. Willie Revillame's Willing Willie pilot episode pushes through | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  9. Venus Raj says Willie Revillame has asked her to be his co-host in Willing Willie | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  10. Willie Revillame welcomes Shalani Soledad as the "heart" of Willing Willie | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  11. 'Willing Willie' dancers suspended over lipstick | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
  12. Pak and Congrats are Back! in 'Willing Willie' Show
  13. Willing Willie Girls dancers suspended over Twitter
  14. W.W Girls dancers are back in TV5's Willing Willie show
  15. | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  16. CA thumbs down motion to dismiss 'Willing Willie' case | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  17. FIRST READ ON PEP: (Updated) Court of Appeals decides in favor of TV5; preserves "status quo" on airing of Willing Willie | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz
  18. 18.0 18.1 Willing Willie and the boy who wouldn’t smile -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  19. Boy abused in ‘Willing Willie,’ DSWD says | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  20. DSWD calls for censure of Willie for boy 'macho dancer;' Willie says sorry - Entertainment - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News
  21. Revillame’s 'hit' on a minor causes stir in cyberspace | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
  22. PRESS STATEMENT of DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman on the Case of the Child “Jan-Jan” Shown in Willing Willie
  23. CHR to investigate 'Willing Willie' incident | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  24. DZIQ: 3 MTRCB members inhibit from ‘Willing Willie’ probe, chairperson confirms -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revillame’s 'hit' on a minor causes stir in cyberspace | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
  27. Aiza Seguerra Offensive Tweets against Willie Revillame pissed Cristy Fermin | MyGEEGLE.Com
  29. Still not free -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  30. Lessons learned? -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  32. Willing we -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  33. More firms pull out ads from 'Willing Willie' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  34. Industry leader backs ad pull-out from 'Willing Willie' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  35. Agencies asked to pull out ads from Willie's show | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  36. Willing Willie episode, April 8, 2011 [1]
  37. ‘Willing Willie’ to go off air for 2 weeks, Revillame says -, Philippine News for Filipinos
  38. After ad pullout, Willie announces leave from show | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
  39. Willie Revillame to take leave from show - Yahoo! Philippines OMG!
  40. YouTube - batang hindi macho dancer ng abss-cbnn
  45. 45.0 45.1
  46. 46.0 46.1 Template:Cite local authorityTemplate:Dead link

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