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Struggling and Controversial Celebrities on ‘Face the People’

The appearance of Freddie Aguilar on ‘Face the People’ set the table for more embattled celebrities to appear on the program in order to explain their issues. (Courtesy of TV5)

Several weeks ago, the appearance of embattled singer Freddie Aguilar on ‘Face the People’ caught the attention of many netizens. And while the program’s focus is on normal citizens settling their differences with the help of the audience, Aguilar’s appearance led to several other celebrities sitting down on ‘Face the People”s infamous ‘silya de konsensya’ (chair of conscience) to explain their issues.

Two weeks after Aguilar made his highly-anticipated appearance on ‘Face the People’, controversial lawyer Atty. Lorna Kapunan sat down to explain the reason behind her withdrawal of legal support from Pork Barrel whistleblower Janet Lim-Napoles. Throughout the episode NBN-ZTE scam whistleblower Jun Lozada and activist Krissy Conti provided explanation on why Kapunan should have not left Napoles, while Atty. Ferdinand Topacio defended Kapunan’s decision to withdraw. The audience eventually agreed on Kapunan’s decision to withdraw.

And last Friday, diminutive actress Mahal sat down to explain her thoughts on quitting showbiz. The rumors stemmed from an argument between her and Kissybabes members Kisses Castillano and Em-Em Basa, saying that Mahal is ‘too old and obsolescent’ to be an artist and that her face is only good for Halloween. During the episode both Kissybabes members and talent manager Jethro Carrey tried to explain why Mahal was not given a chance to shine, while Mahal’s best friend Julie Ann defended her attempt to come back. In the end, the audience convinced Mahal to give showbiz another shot.

Today’s episode of ‘Face the People’ will have Tiya Pusit sitting on the ‘silya de konsensya’. Like Freddie Aguilar’s appearance a few weeks ago, Tiya Pusit will try to explain her relationship with a younger person. This time her beau would be a 27-year-old man named Nathan Villa. Throughout the episode fellow actress and friend Vangie Labalan will appear to oppose her friend’s relationship, while gay comedian Inday Garutay come in to defend.

The celebrity appearances on ‘Face the People’ gave the program a new wrinkle. While it is primarily used to settle issues between ordinary people, the program now encourages celebrity appearances in order to provide a deeper and more contentious insight on the issues surrounding them. It may be a harsher route, but ‘Face the People”s concept really helps in building drama behind these issues.

Expect more celebrities to appear on ‘Face the People’, even if they only come once a week. Unlike ‘Startalk‘ and ‘Buzz ng Bayan’, this program is always willing to push the boundaries, regardless of how harsh it can be. And its tabloid-based approach always helps.

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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.