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Kalokalike Fever

For the past few months, ABS-CBN‘s ‘Showtime’ has been holding a contest on who has the best impersonation of a celebrity. Dubbed ‘Kalokalike’, it drew over a hundred contestants from all walks of life attempting to impersonate either a local or a foreign celebrity. Last Saturday the finals of the competition was held, with an impersonation of Christopher de Leon winning the finals.

45-year-old Jonathan Garcia won the competition over hundreds of contestants who showed up in their best celebrity impersonations. Garcia’s near-perfect portrayal of Christopher de Leon, from the beard and eyeglasses to his mannerisms, earned him praise from the Showtime judges. Not only did he earn P 300,000, but also won the BFF Award for being adjudged as the most friendly, and the Picture Frame Award for the most uncanny resemblance.

Sherylene Castor, who portrayed Jinkee Pacquiao, finished second with a P 200,000 cash, while Julia Montes impersonator Learsi Gomez finished third with a P 100,000 cash, along with the Kumarir Award for being the most improved. Joey de Leon impersonator Robert Tobillo and Adele impersonator Suzel Lim won P 50,000 for finishing in the top five.

Other special awards include the Trending Award and the Texters Choice Award, won by Justin Bieber impersonator Cliff Hogan and Vice Ganda impersonator Jay Failanga, respectively.

The ‘Kalokalike’ segment was also a ratings and social media winner. The ‘Ultimate Kalokalike’ competition last Saturday lifted ‘Showtime’ to an impressively high rating over GMA 7’s ‘Eat Bulaga‘, at least on the Kantar Media radar. Saturday’s edition of ‘Eat Bulaga’ featured the weekly finals of a similar competition called ‘Super Sireyna’. The Kalokalike segment also trended on Twitter during the early afternoon hours of June 1. Overall the ‘Kalokalike’ segment, which aired opposite Eat Bulaga’s ‘Juan for All, All for Juan’ segment, rated higher according to Kantar’s data.

The short five-minute video of the announcement of the ‘Ultimate Kalokalike’ can be viewed below. Credits to the ABS-CBN YouTube account.

This was something to look forward to. In the past, well-known comedians such as Michael V, Willie Nepomuceno and Jon Santos were known to impersonate various public figures. But with ‘Showtime’ introducing the ‘Kalokalike’ segment, even ordinary people can mimic celebrity mannerisms and looks, bringing comedic impersonation to a whole new level.