The Kapamilya dancer and TV host started on the show as one of its dancers before getting elevated as one of the mainstay performer and supporting host in 2020.
Jackie Gonzaga, popularly known as “Ate Girl” delighted netizens on Monday, October 24, when she took on her first lead hosting role on It’s Showtime via the new segment, Girl on Fire.
It was the first time the former mainstay dancer assumed a hosting assignment of such importance. She notably rose to prominence via the now-defunct segment, KapareWHO, where she earned her current moniker “Ate Girl.”
“Ate Girl Jackie’s first lead-hosting stint on It’s Showtime! I say dasurb!!!!,” reads KPEx Official’s caption for a screenshot, showing Gonzaga as she co-hosted the new segment with Anne Curtis and Jhong Hilario.
— KPEx Official 💫 (@OfficialKpex) October 24, 2022
One of Gonzaga’s fans, shared her excitement in a tweet. “UNEXPECTED. sumasayaw ka lang kanina tapos ngayon naging host ka sa isang segment. JACKIE GONZAGA’S GROWTH in IT’S SHOWTIME.
“(Unexpected! You were just a dancer a while ago, and now you’re already a segment host).”
sumasayaw ka lang kanina tapos ngayon naging host ka sa isang segment🥺
JACKIE GONZAGA'S GROWTH in IT'S SHOWTIME 💗 pic.twitter.com/iV7zvCHpXo
— janeyyyyy (@jackwieee) October 24, 2022
“Maganda yan para mababad si Jackie sa hosting. Masasanay yan paglaon. Mag-i-improve ang hosting skills. Mas malaki magiging bakas ni Meme hehehe.
“(That’s good for her. It will help her get used to and comfortable with hosting. That will surely make her improved. Meme’s commission on her talent fee will become greater),” a netizen commented. Gonzaga managed by Vice Ganda.
Maganda yan para mababad si Jackie sa hosting. Masasanay yan paglaon. Mag-i-improve ang hosting skills. Mas malaki magiging bakas ni Meme hehehe.
— 100 MB (@SanaOwl1) October 24, 2022
Ann Paras underscored the fact that jackie, herself, is a skilled dancer, which makes her a perfect choice to be one of the dance segment’s hosts.
“Dasurb na dasurb ni JACKIEGIRL yan mag host sa Girl on FIRE grabeeeeee pag sumayaw c JACKIE napapainit nya lalo ang pnahon sobrang hot.
“(Jackie Girl really deserves to host Girl on Fire! She makes the temperature rise by hitting the dance floor, alone).”
Dasurb na dasurb ni JACKIEGIRL yan mag host sa Girl on FIRE grabeeeeee pag sumayaw c JACKIE napapainit nya lalo ang pnahon sobrang hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Ann Paras (@AnnParas12) October 24, 2022
“OH MY HOST NA SI JACKIE!!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!!,” exclaimed @ewallpapermona.
OH MY HOST NA SI JACKIE!!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!! https://t.co/3Tj6x4KIED
— Lucky Vanilla Princess the Third (@ewallpapermona) October 24, 2022
Vice Ganda is yet to return to the show on Wednesday, October 26.
It remains to be seen whether Gonzaga will keep her new post. With the warm reception of her debut, it is safe to say she made quite an impression on the big bosses—who visited the studio that day—enough to consider giving her more hosting gigs.