You're My Foreignay is Eat Bulaga!'s talent search for pure female foreigners who have become Filipinos at heart after living and working in the Philippines. The segment premiered on 24 February 2014 and concluded on 29 March 2014.

The contest is the spin-off and the female counterpart of the show's original segment You're My Foreignoy. Both versions were well-received by the public for featuring foreigners who loved the Philippines enough to learn its language and adopt its local culture. Joey de Leon coined the title of the segment by combining the words "foreigner" and "Pinay".

Son Yung Kuk (also known by her Westernized name Shine Kuk), the 21-year-old foreignay from Jeonju, South Korea, emerged victorious as the grand winner of the competition.[1] She performed a rendition of the 2013 song "Chinito" by Yeng Constantino as her talent in the grand finals. Years after the competition, she received her big break in showbiz after being cast in ABS-CBN's comedy gag show Banana Sundae in 2017.

A notable contestant is Dasuri Choi who is a former backup dancer and choreographer for many popular K-pop groups in South Korea. After the competition, she became a regular performer on the noontime show which earned her the moniker "Dancing Diva".

Overview

Auditions

The contest was open to pure female foreigners who are currently living or working in the Philippines. Contestants must be knowledgeable about the local culture and be able to proficiently pronounce words and phrases of the language. They must also be able to perform a Filipino-inspired performance for the talent portion. Auditions were held at the Broadway Centrum.

Daily rounds

Each daily round featured two new contestants who first underwent the interview portion where they attempted to properly pronounce difficult Tagalog words and to recite famous Tagalog movie quotes using the right emotions. They then showed their Filipino-inspired performances in the talent portion.

The criteria of judging were as follows:

  • 30% – Personality
  • 50% – Talent
  • 20% – Wit and charm

Winners received ₱20,000 and advanced to the weekly finals of the competition.  

Weekly finals

Original title card

The daily winners competed against each other in the weekly finals. In the interview portion, contestants attempted to properly pronounce difficult Tagalog words. The hosts then challenged them to enunciate the same Tagalog movie quote using different approaches of delivery. Isabelle Daza and Ryzza Mae Dizon demonstrated the various methods of delivery in a short skit which contestants must replicate. The contestants finally showcased their Filipino-inspired performances in the talent portion.

Weekly winners received ₱100,000 and advanced to the grand finals. Each weekly winner became the representative of one of the island groups of the Philippines—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao—in the grand finals.

A Dabarkads Choice special award was also given out during each weekly finals based on the number of likes on the contestants' photos on the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga!.

Wildcard rounds (Lakambini)

The week-long wildcard rounds occurred from 17 to 21 March 2014. Several contestants who lost in previous rounds earned the opportunity to return to the competition. Once again, they showcased their Filipino-inspired performances in the talent portion, carefully enunciated challenging Tagalog words, and finally delivered well-known Tagalog movie lines using the proper emotions. The wildcard round contestants were called "lakambini" (princess in English).

The seven wildcard winners advanced to the grand finals of the competition, joining the three representatives of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Grand finals

You're My Foreignay grand finalists

The grand finals took place on Saturday, 29 March 2014. The Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao representatives as well as the seven Lakambini wildcard winners made up the ten grand finalists of the final round.

For the final time, the contestants carefully pronounced challenging Filipino words and then recited famous Tagalog movie lines using the proper emotions. Once again, Isabelle Daza and Ryzza Mae Dizon demonstrated the delivery of the lines in a short skit. Contestants finally showcased their level-up performances in the talent portion.

The panel of judges included Department of Tourism chief promotions officer Francisco Lardizabal, actor Richard Gutierrez, newscaster Mel Tiangco, actress Heart Evangelista, and Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon. The criteria of judging were as follows:

  • 30% – Personality
  • 50% – Talent
  • 20% – Wit and charm

Son Yung Kuk, the 21-year-old foreignay from Jeonju, South Korea, was proclaimed as the grand winner of the competition, receiving ₱100,000 in cash prize. She performed a rendition of the 2013 song "Chinito" by Yeng Constantino as her talent in the grand finals.

Ieva Vedeckyte of Lithuania emerged as the first runner-up. Dasuri Choi of South Korea received the second runner-up title as well as the Best in Talent award for her performance of the Filipino folk dance binasuan. Marianna Henud of Italy was given the Dabarkads Choice special award after garnering the most number of likes on the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga!.

Hosts

The following hosts were involved in the presentation of the segment at some point in its run.


Contestants

A total of 30 contestants competed in You're My Foreignay. The following table sorts them alphabetically based on their last names.

List of Contestants
Contestant Origin
Kalkidan Abera Ethiopia
Bahar Bahari Armenia
Kristine Bakare Nigeria
Joanna Bartosiewicz Poland
Amit Bhupal India
Jaque Borges Brazil
Dasuri Choi South Korea
Luane de Lima Brazil
Nazanin Farazi Iran
Marianna Henud Italy
Hardeep Kaur India
Jana Kolarikova Czech Republic
Son Yung "Shine" Kuk South Korea
Hyun Lee South Korea
Natalia Lopez Mexico
Kailie Nagrath United States
Michelle Ng Singapore
Lindsey Joy O'Connor England
Yuliana Palacio Colombia
Hyun Jung Park South Korea
Jung Min Park South Korea
Vanessa Rez Brazil
Monika Rofler Sweden
Fernanda Scheffer Rolim France
Shiva Shafeei Turkey
Hanieh Sharifi Iran
Sarah Smith Italy
Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania
Debra Wolford Netherlands
Maria Zhukova Russia


Results

Daily rounds and weekly finals

Each daily round featured two new contestants who competed against one another with their talent, confidence, and charm. Daily winners advanced to the weekly finals of the competition where they faced each other once more. Winners of the weekly finals became the representative of one of the island groups of the Philippines—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao—in the grand finals.

Week of 24 February–1 March (Luzon)

Date Contestant Origin Result
Monday
24 February 2014
Marianna Henud Italy Advanced (tied)
Joanna Bartosiewicz Poland Advanced (tied)
Tuesday
25 February 2014
Maria Zhukova Russia Eliminated
Luane de Lima Brazil Advanced
Wednesday
26 February 2014
Hyun Jung Park South Korea Advanced
Jaque Borges Brazil Eliminated
Thursday
27 February 2014
Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania Advanced
Yuliana Palacio Colombia Eliminated
Friday
28 February 2014
Lindsey Joy O'Connor England Advanced
Nazanin Farazi Iran Eliminated
Saturday
1 March 2014
WEEKLY FINALS
Marianna Henud Italy Eliminated
Joanna Bartosiewicz Poland Eliminated
Luane de Lima Brazil Eliminated
Hyun Jung Park South Korea Eliminated
Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania Eliminated
Lindsey Joy O'Connor England Advanced
Special Award Contestant Origin
Dabarkads Choice Marianna Henud Italy


Week of 3 March–8 March (Visayas)

Date Contestant Origin Result
Monday
3 March 2014
Monika Rofler Sweden Eliminated
Vanessa Rez Brazil Advanced
Tuesday
4 March 2014
Michelle Ng Singapore Eliminated
Hanieh Sharifi Iran Advanced
Wednesday
5 March 2014
Hyun Lee South Korea Eliminated
Son Yung Kuk South Korea Advanced
Thursday
6 March 2014
Sarah Smith Italy Advanced
Bahar Bahari Armenia Eliminated
Friday
7 March 2014
Shiva Shafeei Turkey Eliminated
Natalia Lopez Mexico Advanced
Saturday
8 March 2014
WEEKLY FINALS
Vanessa Rez Brazil Eliminated
Hanieh Sharifi Iran Eliminated
Son Yung Kuk South Korea Advanced
Sarah Smith Italy Eliminated
Natalia Lopez Mexico Eliminated
Special Award Contestant Origin
Dabarkads Choice Son Yung Kuk South Korea


Week of 10 March–15 March (Mindanao)

Date Contestant Origin Result
Monday
10 March 2014
Kristine Bakare Nigeria Advanced (tied)
Fernanda Scheffer Rolim France Advanced (tied)
Tuesday
11 March 2014
Jana Kolarikova Czech Republic Advanced
Debra Wolford Netherlands Eliminated
Wednesday
12 March 2014
Jung Min Park South Korea Eliminated
Hardeep Kaur India Advanced
Thursday
13 March 2014
Kailie Nagrath United States Eliminated
Kalkidan Abera Ethiopia Advanced
Friday
14 March 2014
Amit Bhupal India Eliminated
Dasuri Choi South Korea Advanced
Saturday
15 March 2014
WEEKLY FINALS
Kristine Bakare Nigeria Eliminated
Fernanda Scheffer Rolim France Eliminated
Jana Kolarikova Czech Republic Eliminated
Hardeep Kaur India Eliminated
Kalkidan Abera Ethiopia Eliminated
Dasuri Choi South Korea Advanced
Special Award Contestant Origin
Dabarkads Choice Dasuri Choi South Korea



Wildcard rounds (Lakambini)

The week-long wildcard rounds occurred from 17 to 21 March 2014. Several contestants who lost in previous rounds received the opportunity to compete in the segment once more. The seven wildcard winners advanced to the grand finals of the competition to join the three representatives of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The wildcard round contestants were called "lakambini".

Date Contestant Origin Result
Monday
17 March 2014
Hanieh Sharifi Iran Eliminated
Luane de Lima Brazil Advanced
Tuesday
18 March 2014
Joanna Bartosiewicz Poland Eliminated
Vanessa Rez Brazil Advanced
Wednesday
19 March 2014
Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania Advanced (tied)
Fernanda Scheffer Rolim France Advanced (tied)
Thursday
20 March 2014
Maria Zhukova Russia Advanced (tied)
Marianna Henud Italy Advanced (tied)
Friday
21 March 2014
Kalkidan Abera Ethiopia Eliminated
Kristine Bakare Nigeria Advanced



Grand finals

The grand finals took place on Saturday, 29 March 2014. The Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao representatives as well as the seven Lakambini wildcard winners made up the ten grand finalists. In the end, Son Yung Kuk of South Korea was declared as the grand winner of the competition.

Grand Finalists
Nigeria
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Kristine Bakare
South Korea
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Dasuri Choi
Brazil
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Luane de Lima
Italy
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Marianna Henud
South Korea
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Son Yung Kuk
England
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Lindsey O'Connor
Brazil
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Vanessa Rez
France
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Fernanda Rolim
Lithuania
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Ieva Vedeckyte
Russia
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Maria Zhukova


Order of Performances
Contestant Origin
Luane de Lima Brazil
Vanessa Rez Brazil
Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania
Fernanda Scheffer Rolim France
Maria Zhukova Russia
Marianna Henud Italy
Kristine Bakare Nigeria
Lindsey Joy O'Connor England
Son Yung Kuk South Korea
Dasuri Choi South Korea


Final Results
Contestant Origin Result
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winner
BhdhNcMCIAElwWB.jpg Ieva Vedeckyte Lithuania First
runner-up
BiwC6CiCMAAR J-.jpg Dasuri Choi South Korea Second
runner-up
Special Award Contestant Origin
Dabarkads Choice Marianna Henud Italy
Best in Talent Dasuri Choi South Korea


References

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