After the phenomenal success of its first run, the top-rating Your Face Sounds Familiar (YFSF) returns to weekend prime time to entertainment televiewers beginning September 12.
With its new batch of celebrity performers, the program is poised to serve up more astonishing transformations and surprises.
On Thursday, ABS-CBN revealed the eight celebrities competing in YFSF’s second season at a press conference at the network’s headquarters. Each given a nickname based on reputations in showbiz, they are “Absolute Performer” Sam Concepcion; “Soul Supreme” KZ; “Dental Diva” Kakai Bautista; “Harana Prince” Michael Pangilinan; “Playful Angel” Myrtle Sarrosa; “Komikero ng Masa” Eric Nicolas; “Rebel Rock Royalty” Kean Cipriano; and “Sultry Heiress” Denise Laurel.
The show, which transforms its contestants close enough to the world’s most popular singers, will have Billy Crawford returning as host, with a new and most certainly fun addition helping him in YFSF first grand winner Melai Cantiveros.
“It’s all about just having fun and doing things that you would not expect doing for everyone to see. It’s all about enjoying the weekend and changing the weekend habit of viewers. We were given the chance to return, and we hope to make people happy again,” said Billy in a statement.
Melai, who made a grand entrance at the press conference, will serve as a “KatroFamiliar” (a play on the Filipino slang “katropa”), for huge doses of comedy in each episode. And by the way, Melai will not be an ordinary host, but she will also transform into different personalities each week and join the eight celebrity contestants in post-performance gimmicks.
According to the comedienne, she is even more excited to return to the program this time because she no longer has the pressure of competition. She also thanked the program for giving her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which has opened even more doors in her thriving career.
“It really changed my life. Na-appreciate ko talaga yung panalo ko kasi ang hirap ng ginawa namin, especially with the prosthetics and singing. As a performer, nagka-confidence na ako at nawala na yung takot ko na humarap sa audience,” Melai added.
The lives of the eight new celebrity performers will also surely change as they face the challenge of impersonating different local and international music icons throughout the competition. And at the press conference, Sam, KZ, Kakai, Michael, Myrtle, Eric, Kean, and Denise could not hide their excitement. After all, YFSF had propelled the careers of Nyoy Volante, Jay-R, and Melai among others to greater heights because of the show’s first season.
As for Season 2’s mechanics, just like first season, there will be no weekly eliminations in the program, and the performers will undergo acting, dance, and vocal training, plus a complete make-up transformation to closely match the looks 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.
Besides Billy and Melai, YFSF jurors Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, world singing champion Jed Madela, and Megastar Sharon Cuneta are also returning in full force to weigh in on the performances of the celebrity contestants.