Nyoy Volante is considered one of the most competitive contestants in ABS-CBN's celebrity impersonation show Your Face Sounds Familiar.
Currently, he is tied with Jay-R in 2nd place. They are competing against other contenders for the top prize: Melai Cantiveros, Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, Edgar Allan Guzman, Maxene Magalona and Tutti Caringal.
Despite the stiff competition, Nyoy says their camaraderie and friendship are not affected.
“Well sa ‘kin talaga, I mean of course in the spirit of competition, ano talaga, we are required to like somehow kunyari compete with each other.
“But in reality, kaming walo, we are just close and we are just happy for each other.
“Nagtu-tulungan kami, wala kang makikitang competition among us. Siyempre competition siya so kailangan kahit papano gano’n ‘yong magiging aura.
“We are all just trying to do a good job and yun nga hindi sa pa-ma-mlastic kahit tanungin mo pa.
“Each and everyone kahit ‘yong mga staff, kahit the people around us, ‘yong mga administrators namin, makikita niyo talaga na among the eight of us, wala talagang kahit anong negative thing.”
WEEKLY TRANSFORMATIONS. The show is now on its 10th week and the contenders have already transformed into different artists--both local and international.
Nyoy, for one, has already transformed into icons such as Yoyoy Villame and Apl.de.ap. He even changed into a female performer when he was tapped to bring life to Sylvia La Torre. One of his most memorable performances was channeling Justin Bieber, allowing him to land at the No. 1 slot among the contestants.
However, he revealed that despite placing as number one, he found the Justin Bieber transformation the hardest thing that he did in this competition.
“Ako talaga nahirapan talaga ako kay Justin Bieber. Sobra. Oo hirap na hirap ako.
“Kaya nga nakakagulat do’n pa ‘ko nanalo. I think that was my weakest performance.
“But hindi din natin masabi. Hawak din kasi ni Lord yung kalalabasan ng tadhana.”
What is his favorite transformation so far?
“Gusto ko si Sylvia La Torre, kasi feeling ko kasi nagulat ko lahat ng tao sa performance na ‘yon.”
What should viewers should look forward to in Your Face Sounds Familiar?
“Well abangan niyo, wala akong specific na masasabi na kailangang abangan ng mga ano kasi di ko naman kailangan kumbinsehin.
“Nakikita niyo naman by yourself, e, na everytime, magugulat talaga kayo.
“Ni hindi niyo talaga in-e-expect ‘yong ano niyo akala niyo you’ve seen it all pero pagka napanood niyo meron kayong bagong makikita, may bago kayong gulat.”