MANILA, Philippines – It was Melai Cantiveros’ big night as she was declared as the first grand winner of Your Face Sounds Familiar, Sunday, June 7. (RECAP: ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ finals night part 1)
Let’s take a look at the events leading up to the big announcement.
The finale opened with a song performance by Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. The two graced the show to promote their movie Just The Way You Are.
During the first part for the show, Billy Crawford also shared the initial tally of text votes: 50.81% for F followed by 25.26% for A, 16.38% for C, and 7.24% for E.
At the resumption of the show, Billy presented a look back at the performances of the celebrity artists.
For the final performance, Jolina Magdangal transformed herself into Karen Carpenter by performing “I Won’t Last A Day Without You.” She was followed by Maxene Magalona who became Nicki Minaj and rendered “Super Bass.”
The ladies were given special awards with Jolina given the Mini Me Award, while Maxene got the Yehey award. Jolina said that she is grateful to the show because she was able to impersonate the icons she look up to.
The jurors also commended them for their past performances.
Sharon Cuneta said that Jolina sounded like Karen Carpenter during her performance. Jed Madela meanwhile commended that even if Maxene was not a performer in the beginning, she grew to become one. He even requested Maxine’s “Yehey” expression one last time.
After Maxene and Jolina, Tutti Caringal took his turn as Bryan Adams by performing “Heaven.” Karla Estrada then came out as Gloria Gaynor singing “I Will Survive.”
The jurors and the audience enjoyed her performance with all of them standing as she channeled her icon.
As for the special awards, Tutti got the Intensity 8 Award, while Karla was given the Ultimate Diva Award. The jurors also thanked the two with Gary V commending Tuti for showing that rockers can go beyond their comfort zones, while Sharon told Karla that she has a beautiful voice and hopes to see an album soon.
A short clip also followed where the 8 celebrity performers shared their weekly prize for their chosen charities. Some of the foundations range from children’s cause to the elderly, to the families of the Fallen 44 Special Action Forces.
The Final 4 once again performed their chosen icons starting with JayR as Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York.” Before his performance, The Voice of the Philippines coach Bamboo, girlfriend Mica Javier and his niece gave special messages.
A short clip of Edgar Allan Guzman’s family and Vice Ganda followed, where they told him that they would be behind him and congratulated him for making it to the finals.
EA then came on stage again as Chris Brown performing “Turn Up the Music.”
It was Melai Cantiveros’ turn. Elizabeth Ramsey and husband Jason Francisco and daughter Amelia wished her well in the finals. She then came on stage as Miley Cyrus singing “Wrecking Ball.”
Nyoy Volante was the last. He got a special message from no less than Mike Hanopol whom he impersonated, followed by another message from his family and fiancee Mikkie Bradshaw. Nyoy then returned as Whitney Houston performing “ I Will Always Love You.”
After their performances, the Final 4 came back on stage. All of them thanked the show, their families and fans for the support.
“Kung sino man manalo sa amin (Who ever wins among us), we’re just happy to be part of the show,” JayR said.
“Sana po na-enjoy niyo yung buong season. Para po sa inyo to!” Nyoy added. (We hope you enjoyed the season. This is all for you.)
After the text voting ended, it was the moment of truth. EA was declared fourth runner-up, followed by JayR who was declared third runner-up. Jed and Gary V presented their awards.
After a short break, the moment of truth was between Melai and Nyoy Volante. Sharon Cuneta was given the honor of presenting the grand winner and Melai won with a score of 51.93%.
Melai said she could not believe it was happening. “God moves in mysterous ways,” she said.
Melai won P2 million in cash and a trophy, with half of the prize money going to her chosen charity.
The show ended with Melai once again performing Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” – Rappler.com
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