MANILA, Philippines – Singer-actress Denise Laurel got the judges' attention on Your Face Sounds Familiar, Sunday, October 11, when she appeared as Lea Salonga on the show.
Denise, who stars in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, performed the song "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal," which is also the title of a movie starring Lea and Aga Muhlach.
Jed Madela, Sharon Cuneta, and Gary Valenciano praised Denise for her performance.
“You sounded like her, you looked like her, and even, you projected like her,” Jed said, adding that it was one of his favorite performances.
Sharon meanwhile said it was "perfect" while Gary told Denise her talent was underrated and that he's looking forward to seeing her more as Denise Laurel.
"But tonight, you showed us you were Lea Salonga and if I knew how to reach her, even if she’s flying to wherever she’s going, sasabihan ko talaga (I would tell her), ‘Lea, you need to see her. She convinced us dito sa 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' that we were watching Lea Salonga,’” Gary said.
After hearing about Denise's performance, Lea congratulated her on Twitter, saying she was proud of her.
I couldn't stop smiling watching this. @D_laurel, you made me so proud!!! Yes, @GaryValenciano1, I'm in NY. http://t.co/9SdWL0GCma — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 11, 2015
Afterwards, Denise posted this on Instagram:
I never knew it could be possible for me to be speechless twice in a row.. Lol I just wanna say Thankyou @msleasalonga for tuning in! That was merely an impression of u and no one could ever come close to the real thing :) ...giving it all I've got would just be equivalent to the talent uve got on ur right pinky finger! haha thanks for always being an inspiration! Xo to NYC! A photo posted by DeniSe Maria Sanz Laurel (@d_laurel) on Oct 11, 2015 at 4:09pm PDT
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