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Apr 21, 2015
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With lip sync battle-themed shows and celebrities-goofing-off segments now all the rage in the US, it was quite a deft move by ABS-CBN to import an unconventional contest franchise like Your Face Sounds Familiar.

In case you haven't seen it, the show focuses not only on the contestants' vocal chops but also their mimicking skills. Imagine a show full of drag queens who can impersonate a gamut of musicians, but instead of drag queens they have celebrities as participants. Each weekend, a contestant is assigned a random famous personality to "bring to life." The judges (Sharon Cuneta, Jed Madela, and Gary Valenciano) then rank the performers from best to last—putting into account costume, make-up, singing, gestures, personality ticks, everything.

Hosted by Billy Crawford, YFSF is already on its seventh week and its eight impersonators have already turned in impressive, if not hilarious, numbers each weekend. With six more performances expected from the group (which includes stars like Jolina Magdangal, Jay R, and Maxene Magalona) and the race for the Season 1 championship heating up, FHM rounds up the best performances so far to show you who we think are the favorites to bring home the top prize (a reported P2-million, a part of which goes to the winner's chosen charity).

You're gonna wanna spare some time for this, fellow binge-watchers!


1)  JAY R AS PEPE SMITH


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Jay R actually has quite an advantage in these kinds of competitions, being perhaps the most complete performer among the group as seen in this rousing routine. Rock and roll!

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: He should've at least learned how to handle a guitar.


2)  KARLA ESTRADA AS CHAKA KHAN


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Just like what judge Gary V said, the performance all boiled down to how Daniel Padilla's mom will pull off the last part...and Karla did not disappoint being one of the better belters of the bunch.

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: She should've asked her son's supposed girlfriend, Kathryn Bernardo, to duet with her. Even if this isn't a duet song (obviously we just want more Kathryn).


3)   JOLINA MAGDANGAL AS CHER


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The gold number, attention to Cher's mannerisms, and of course, unorthodox vocal style all worked for Jolina as she emerged as the third weekly winner.

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Showing your kid this video is probably not the best idea, especially if he doesn't fancy nightmares.

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4)   JAY R AS KENNY ROGERS (WITH KARLA AS DOLLY PARTON)


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As we've said, Jay R's versatility pretty much makes him the runaway winner, but this time he got a little help from his makeup artists...

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: ...or maybe too much help?


5)   NYOY VOLANTE AS JUSTIN BEIBER


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What he lacked in facial similarities, Nyoy made up for with the young Bieb's puberty voice and body language.

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Pray that, if ever there will be a wildcard round, he will not receive the same assignment.


6)    JOLINA AS MANNY PACQUIAO


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Maybe Manny's upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather helped Jolina's cause? Nonetheless, we think it could've worked better if she sang "Samtayms Wen We Tats" instead.

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Jolina may have gone a little overboard with the accent; Manny's spokening dollars now, right?


7)   MELAI CANTIVEROS AS BLAKDYAK


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This was Melai bringing her A-game, but it sadly wasn't enough as Jolina slightly one-upped her that weekend. Jolina got 26 points for her Cher impression while Melai garnered a total of 25 points. Sayang!

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Actual dreads might've done the trick


8)   EDGAR ALLAN GUZMAN AS DANIEL PADILLA


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EA just showed how effortless it was, perhaps in his case, to imitate the Teen King's makalaglag-panty(-daw) voice. And maybe a little cheering from Daniel's actual mom sealed the deal!

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: None, he totally nailed "Nese ye ne eng lehet"!


9)   TUTTI CARINGAL AS STEVEN TYLER


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It takes a lot more to replicate the powerful vocals of the Aerosmith frontman, but who needs all that when you can just scream and rock your heart out?

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Could also work for American Horror Story: Freak Show


10)   JAY R (AGAIN) AS STEVIE WONDER


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We know, we know: "Jay R na naman." But it would be unfair to discredit the R&B Prince's work especially in this one, particularly his on-point crooning like Stevie.

FHM's May-Masabi-Lang Critique: Once again, he doesn't seem to notice his instrument.

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