Easier for viewers to relate to

/ 08:43 PM May 22, 2013

WHEN we first watched the original American version of the “Minute to Win It” game show, we found it much too difficult and demanding for us to enjoy its challenges. For that reason, we viewed the program only occasionally.

Interestingly, it was a different story when the show was “localized” for weekday viewing on ABS-CBN. Instead of absolutely daunting and “impossible” challenges, the local version is more “contestant-friendly” and thus more accessible and easier for viewers to relate to.


Make no mistake. Some of its tests of physical dexterity, focus and mental acuity are still awesomely tough but it’s now possible for contestants to do very well in the tilt, indeed.

In particular, young contestants in full possession of their “powers” excel in the game show. Most impressively, teen starlets who are not usually known for their focus and discipline are able to transform themselves into top players, after many rehearsals and training sessions.

Just one minute

What they’re able to do within just one minute is sometimes amazing to behold! In fact, it can be said that our view and opinion of some young stars and starlets have improved after seeing their determination on “Minute to Win It.” Now, if only they can “attack” their careers with similar focus, discipline and drive, they’ll be set for life!

Another positive consequence of the game show is the way that it’s made us appreciate the true value of time. If a contestant can accomplish so many difficult tests and tasks in only 59 seconds or less—and make a huge pile of money, to boot—we should all make much more productive and better use of the time we’ve been given in our respective spheres of activity!

Life may not be a game show but it should benefit from the enhanced appreciation of values that programs like “Minute to Win It” encourage and engender.

Why, if we could make such focused use of our precious time, our output as workers and/or artists would increase exponentially!

Promising spin-off

In this regard, it’s heartening to see that the success of the local version of “Minute to Win It” has engendered another promising spin-off—a separate program for children! This development is most welcome, especially at this time when kids are so glued to their gadgets that they no longer give importance to sports and interpersonal activities.


To do well in the show, they have to become less passive and more totalized individuals, honing their skills and “powers” acutely enough to triumph over the tilt’s rigorous tests—and their own “limitations.”

If the version for younger players is as successful as the first localized production, it could make a major difference in how our children see themselves and their abilities. That’s how persuasive an effective TV show can be, so we hope that the new kiddie tilt does exactly that!

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