Filipinos in and outside the Philippines continue to tune in to “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids,” as the program’s cute performers impersonate more and more local and international music icons.
Based on data from Kantar Media/TNS, a local television viewership measurement company, the program led the list of the most watched programs in the country on the weekend when it premiered (January 7 and 8). “Your Face Sounds Familiar’s” first episode on Saturday recorded a national TV rating of 31.4%, while it drew more viewers on Sunday with 33.2%. To date, it continues to rule the Saturday and Sunday Philippine evenings at 35.4 and 37% respectively.
Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was named the edition’s first weekly winner, winning 24 points, for his spot-on impersonation of Dionisia Pacquiao. He impressed not only the jurors Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Ogie Alcasid, but also the online world. The video of his performance has now reached over 5,578,726 million views to date and was marked by YouTube as “#1 on Trending” in the list of most-talked about videos in the Philippines at launch.
Following him in the ranking were Dance Sweetheart AC Bonifacio who impressed as Britney Spears (19 points), Big Shot Belter Elha Nympha as Beyonce (18 points), and Talented Cutie Sam Shoaf as Bruno Mars (17 points). Getting 12 points each were Bibong Child Wonder Alonzo Muhlach as Harry Styles of One Direction, Musikerong Charmer Justin Alva as Michael Jackson, Young Diva ng Masa Lyca Gairanod as Katy Perry, and Daytime Princess Xia Vigor as Selena Gomez.
During the second week, the kid performers faced another set of challenges: Briguela as Daniel Padilla, Bonifacio as Sandara Park, Nympha as Sharon Cuneta, Shoaf as Alicia Keys, Muhlach as Rico J. Puno, Alva as Adam Levine, Gairanod as Lady Gaga, and Vigor as Taylor Swift.
While Nympha won for her seamless portrayal of the Megastar, Vigor‘s impersonation made waves across the globe and has gotten the attention of various foreign news outlets, including Huffington Post, and the online sites of TIME and Billboard magazines.
People magazine called the impersonation “spot-on,” while British tabloid The Daily Mail described her performance as “extraordinary” and “pitch-perfect.” Teen Vogue also noted Vigor’s “incredible display of showmanship,” while MTV said Taylor herself would be proud of Vigor’s performance of her hit “Your Belong With Me.” The performance was also featured in sites such as Mashable, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, JustJared, and caught the attention of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Vigor’s video has so far garnered 8,490,590 million videos, and became top trending video at YouTube Philippines.
Last week, she scored another win as she portrayed Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses. The other kid performers also impressed with Gairanod as Jessa Zaragoza, Alva as Francis Magalona, Muhlach as Justin Bieber, Shoaf as Elvis Presley, Nympha as Meghan Trainor, Bonifacio as Jessie J, and Briguela as Rihanna.
Briguela, Nympha and Vigor all won Php 50,000 each and an additional Php 50,000 were given to their chosen charities Harvesters’ Foundation Inc., Mary Child Foundation at Lingap Pangakabataan Inc.
Others have a chance to improve their rankings because no one will be eliminated and their scores will be tallied each week.
See how these eight cute child stars transform weekly in “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” hosted by Billy Crawford. Catch them via TFC Video on Demand (VOD), cable, satellite and TFC.tv in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are also available via TFC IPTV and TFC.tv also in key countries worldwide.