We all laughed when Melai Cantiveros graced the Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 stage. Her undeniable stage presence, her comic timing and her being a natural entertainer endeared fans hence it was not surprising she won the celebrity singing competition, amid not being a legitimate singer.
And she admitted that up until now she couldn’t believe people saw her potential and patronized her “shower singing style.”
“Since I won Your Face Sounds Familiar a lot of doors have opened for me. Dumami raket ko, here and abroad. Imagine magkaka-concert pa nga ako. Who would have thought, di ba?,” Melai quips.
The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate acknowledged the fact that she can’t really sing but she is glad that her not being a singer was the reason why she is getting projects including her inclusion in Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2.
“I was given another chance to be part of the show. Every week I’ll transform into different characters,” the mother of one says.
This time, Melai will not imitate any pop stars anymore. She will dress and impersonate different celebrities and will join the judges, Billy Crawford (who still hosting the show), the contestants and even the audience as the special “KatroFamilar.” She will join them onstage and backstage adding more fun and laughter to each episode.
Introducing new familiar faces
Eight celebrities have been named as contestants in the new season of Your Face Sounds Familiar, viewers will get to see their performances beginning Sept. 12.
The new batch of celebrity performers are: Sam Concepcion, KZ Tandingan, Kakai Bautista, Michael Pangilinan, Myrtle Sarrosa, Eric Nicolas, Kean Cipriano and Denise Laurel.
“It’s a big challenge to be part of this show. All of us are pressured because being a celebrity performer entails a lot of hard work. As a singer, I’ve always wanted to come up with an all original album but this time I’m going to copy someone,” says Concepcion.
The 22-year-old singer/actor admits that it helps he has extensive background in theater like the previous celebrity performers who did well in the first season. But he does not consider it as an advantage.
“Each of us something to contribute for the show. When we go out and perform, we transform and endeavor to look like and sound like the pop icon assigned to us. At the end of the day, it’s all about how we prepared for it and how we channel our artistry through our performances,” Concepcion added.
Just like in the first season, there will be no weekly elimination in the program and the performers will undergo acting, dance, and vocal training plus a complete make-up transformation to closely match the look and moves of their assigned music icons.
For each episode, the performer who receives the highest score will be awarded a cash prize, half of which will go to his or her chosen charity.
Aside from Billy and Melai, jurors Gary Valenciano, Jed Madela, and Sharon Cuneta also return to the show to weigh in on the performances of the celebrity performers.