13 weeks of competition. 8 Contestants. 100 icons. 1 annoying Billy Crawford. 1 annoying Edgar Allan Guzman. 3
Cheerleaders Judges. And Maxene Magalona is there?
Upon the announcement of the show, I was really excited. This show brings out the very best of the contestants in front and behind the camera. I had high hopes. There are really talented make-up artists, stylists and even artists that can live up to the theme of the show. While there are moments that left me wondering why am I still watching the show, there are also still performances that shine brightly among an almost underwhelming pack.
If we consider the body of work for the whole season, Nyoy Volante won the competition hands down. If we only consider the performance during the live finale last Saturday? Melai Cantiveros easily won it!
Now with no further adieu, here are the 10 STANDOUTS of YFSF Season 1.
 MELAI CANTIVEROS as RIHANNA
– There’s a certain joy in her delivery that transcends naturally. From her movements to the conscious efforts of her to nail the Rihanna impersonation, Melai was able to not just entertain the audience but manage to keep a close to almost perfect transformation. One problem? The singing.
 KARLA ESTRADA as ANN WILSON
– It’s like Ann Wilson was match made for her. Karla was able to channel her singing ability in a way that keeps the spirit of Ann Wilson. Yes, it wasn’t perfect but this is definitely Karla’s best performance to date.
 JOLINA MAGDANGAL as MANNY PACQUIAO
– Did she nail the impersonation? No. But the efforts from Manny’s nuances to the sound of his voice, Jolina was able to channel that in most parts. One thing that made this whole transformation worked? Jolina took advantage all those familiar “Manny Pacquiao” antics that made people say, “Yup, she did it.”
 MELAI CANTIVEROS as MILEY CYRUS
-From the looks to the drama, Melai was almost spot on. Again, the struggle for her lies on the singing because well, she can’t really sing. But the effort was there and she gave it more. It was passionate, it looks like she really wanted to nail this transformation and the entertainment value was just there.
 JAY R as ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
-HOLY COW! The make-up artists just nailed this one. It was almost close to getting it. Of course, Jay R once again managed to deliver a believable performance and that voice, how did he do that? He was able to at least come close to what Enrique sounds like.
 TUTTI CARINGAL as STEVEN TYLER
-Commendable for Tutti to give way for another artist to win this week but in my book, he won this week, no question. The looks were spot on. The vocals were there. He was able to channel Steven Tyler as if he was doing this his whole life.
 NYOY VOLANTE as LUCIANO PAVAROTTI
– Nyoy has this dedication that happened unnoticed not until week after week after week he gained remarks. His take on Luciano Pavarotti was decent to great. It sounds like he studied him well. The movements, the vocals, even the little things he does with his hand made this performance compelling.
 MELAI CANTIVEROS as ELIZABETH RAMSEY
– It’s like they were twins! Seriously, Melai just nailed and gave the best performance of her life in this competition. The nuances of Elizabeth were well studied. The actions, the overthetop awkward stage movements were effrotlessly done. Again, Melai’s struggle lies on the fact that she can’t sing but then somehow, this performance felt like it was written for her. It is her record. Haha.
 JAY R as PEPE SMITH
– Wow. Just wow. For a first week performance, Jay R came out guns blazing! This was strong, seriously spot on and solid.
 NYOY VOLANTE as SYLVIA LA TORRE
– ROBBED! This is a week where I don’t know why he didn’t win. I mean, from the mere fact thag he’s doing a woman performance in his falsetto the entire time and nailing every bit of nuances of Sylvia La Torre? The judges turned Cheerleaders just didn’t really make sense during this week. Yes, it was an old fashion performance but it was probably go down as the most solid and strongest transformation of the first season.