ABS-CBN has to fill in the weekend timeslot The Voice of the Philippines just vacated. While they're still auditioning for PBB Teens, they figured a comic relief is needed so as to compete with the top-rating weekend combo of GMA Network-- Celebrity Bluff and Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. As a response, they bring Your Face Sounds Familiar.
So after the weekend competition-spirit they brought through TVOP, Kapamilya network shifts mode and brings a lighter one through this Endemol-franchise reality show. And here's why it sounds good in three ways:
1. It's an international franchise.
Even when soundalike and lookalike concepts are not new on Philippine TV, the fact that it's an international franchise brings a new twist to the already common contest idea. Because it's from Endemol, we're sure that it has exciting mechanics and high standards.
Meaning, it won't be just another comedy-borderline-corny segment. It will be a funny concept done seriously because there will be three American-Idolish judges who will give their comments namely Gary V, Jed Madela and the returning Megastar Sharon Cuneta.
2. ABS-CBN has been improving with handling international franchises.
We like Deal or No Deal lately simply because they have elevated their standards stage-wise and direction-wise. The show has become more exciting to watch. TVOP has also improved in season 2 production-wise except the part that they added Luis Manzano to be one of the hosts. Don't mention PBB please because it's really an absurd show to begin with.
Anyway, ABS-CBN has become good in handling franchises still. So expect that this one will also be good.
3. Celebrities are the contenders.
Not only ordinary celebrities but mostly the ones from GMA Network's Sunday dying Sunday noontime slot. If you actually look at the promos at first you'll think they're promoting the forgettable Sunday All Stars.
This one will be exciting as they're not going to live in a house and expose the life we don't solicit to be exposed. But they're going to use real talent and creativity to win this.
Thank you ABS-CBN for this one. Now the weekend doesn't only have Celebrity Bluff and KMJS to lighten up our late primetime viewing. (Not mentioning the other trending late Sunday night show because we will in no way promote watching that one.)