Chairman Bayani Fernando wins "Celebrity Duets"

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando was declared winner in the second season of GMA-7's celebrity singing competition Celebrity Duets.

As expected, Metropolitan Manila DevelopmentAuthority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando was declared winner in the secondseason of GMA-7's Celebrity Duets.

Chairman Fernando, also known as BF, won over fellow finalistscomedian-TV host Joey Marquez and fashion designer JC Buendia after getting themost number of text votes.

The Finals Night was divided into two rounds.

In the first round, the three finalists sang with theirfavorite duet partners from their previous performances. Chairman Fernandochose Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, and they sang the Filipino folk song"Ay, Ay, Ay, O Pag-ibig." Joey did a rendition of Kenny Rankin's "What MattersMost" with friend and Kung Ako Ikaw co-host Keempee de Leon. And lastly, JCtook the stage once again with Allan K where they sang The Foundation's "BuildMe Up Buttercup."

In the second round, the finalists sang with new duetpartners. Joey was the first to perform with Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, andthey sang Amii Stewart's "Friends." JC got sentimental while performing FrankSinatra's "Just The Way You Look Tonight" with Jonalyn Viray. BFbrought in veteran singer Basil Valdez and peformed Basil's song "Corner of theSky."

BF, Joey, and JC were joined in the opening number bythe eliminated contenders of Celebrity Duets—beauty and wellness guru CoryQuirino, chef JL Cang, soccer player Phil Younghusband, and former beautyqueen Carlene Aguilar. Former Miss International Melanie Marquez, who was thefirst to be eliminated, was not able to attend the finals night.

Before announcing the winner, Celebrity Duets hostsRegine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid performed with the three finalists to the tuneof Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain."

The audience inside the Studio 3 pf GMA Network Center, where the Finals Night washeld, was in full support for their favorite contender. Each group of supportershad a specific color-coding to distinguish them from one another: yellow for JC, violet for Joey, and pink for BF.


The loved ones of the three finalists were also there tocheer them on—JC's parents, Joey's children, and BF's wife Marikina MayorMarides Fernando. Mayor Fernando was seated beside beauty expert Ricky Reyes and GMA-7'sSVP for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante.

As the winner of the second season of Celebrity Duets,Chairman Fernando won the one-million cash prize, half of which will go tohis chosen beneficiaries—Caritas Manila and Child House.

Season 1 winner Tessa Prieto-Valdes was one of the judges thisseason, along with composer Danny Tan and stage director Freddie Santos.





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