You're My Foreignoy is Eat Bulaga!'s original talent search for pure foreign men who have become Filipinos at heart after years of living and working in the Philippines. The competition challenges these foreigners to pronounce difficult Filipino words and gives them the opportunity to delight local viewers with their Filipino-inspired talent, wit, and charm.
Coined and popularized by Joey de Leon, the title of the segment is a portmanteau of the words "foreigner" and "Pinoy". The inaugural edition was well-received by the public for featuring foreigners who loved the Philippines enough to learn its language and adopt its local culture. Its success resulted in several new editions as well as a spin-off female version of the segment titled You're My Foreignay.
Notable contestants include Hong Kong actor Richard Hwan who joined as a housemate on Pinoy Big Brother: 737, Australian vlogger Dwaine Woolley, Syrian vlogger Basel Manadil, 2014 grand winner Gui Adorno, 2015 grand winner Bobby Madubike, and 2019 grand winner John Paul Serrano Gorens.
You're My Foreignoy 2014
You're My Foreignoy 2014 is the inaugural edition of the talent search that premiered on 27 January 2014 and concluded on 22 February 2014.
Guilherme "Gui" Adorno, the 27-year-old foreignoy from Portugal, was declared as the grand winner of the competition. His victory can be fairly attributed to his consistent performance and sophisticated image that was boosted by giving a cover version of "Ang Huling El Bimbo" by the Eraserheads with matching guitar rendition in the grand finals.
James Sumner of England earned the prestigious title of first runner-up as well as the Best in Talent special award for his vocal rendition of "Lord Patawad" by rapper Bassilyo. Diego Furoni of Italy received the second runner-up title.
One notable contestant is Richard Hwan of Hong Kong who won the Dabarkads Choice special award. After You're My Foreignoy, he joined as a housemate in ABS-CBN's reality program Pinoy Big Brother: 737 where he finished in sixth place. Many contestants of this edition are also notable for their modeling gigs in the country.
|Gui Adorno||Portugal||Grand winner|
|James Sumner||England||First runner-up|
|Diego Furoni||Italy||Second runner-up|
You're My Foreignoy 2015: Artistahin Talaga!
You're My Foreignoy 2015: Artistahin Talaga! is the second edition of the talent search that premiered on 16 March 2015 and concluded on 2 May 2015. This edition added an acting portion in which the contestants performed improvised scenes with the hosts while incorporating a challenging Filipino word into their dialogue.
Bobby Madubike, the 23-year-old foreignoy from Abia, Nigeria, was hailed as the grand winner of the competition. His impressive Tagalog speaking skills and soulful singing of VST & Company's "Ikaw ang Aking Mahal" earned him the prestigious title as well as the Best in Talent special award.
Dae Hyuk Lee of South Korea was declared as the first runner-up, while Dwaine Woolley of Australia emerged victorious as the second runner-up. Jeff James of the United States was given the special Dabarkads Choice award.
After the competition, the 2015 edition spawned two vocal groups: The Foreignoy Trio and 4NoiZ. Grand winner Bobby Madubike and runners-up Dwaine Woolley and Dae Hyuk Lee made up The Foreignoy Trio. Meanwhile, finalists Jeff James, Aaron DeTommaso, Eric Buzbee, and wildcard contestant Aisaku Yokogawa completed the group 4NoiZ. Jeff James was later replaced by You're My Foreignoy 2014 winner Gui Adorno.
|Bobby Madubike||Nigeria||Grand winner|
|Dae Hyuk Lee||South Korea||First runner-up|
|Dwaine Woolley||Australia||Second runner-up|
You're My Foreignoy 2019
You're My Foreignoy 2019 is the third edition of the talent search that premiered on 16 September 2019 and concluded on 21 September 2019.
The week-long competition was one of the 15 Tatak Eat Bulaga! segments revived as part of the noontime show's 40th anniversary celebration. The short-lived and rapid-fire revival of the segments aimed to give the new generation of Filipinos and foreigners an opportunity to experience the show's several iconic and original contests. Winners were scheduled to face off in the Tatak Eat Bulaga! Grand Showdown in mid-2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the final competition indefinitely.
John Paul Serrano Gorens, the 19-year-old foreignoy from California, United States, was hailed as the grand winner of the competition. He also won the Dabarkads Choice award after gaining the most number of likes on the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga!. His near-native fluency in Tagalog as well as his performance of the 2017 rap hit "Nadarang" by Shanti Dope impressed the judges and the viewers.
Kuya Sawa of Japan bagged the title of first runner-up, while James Carne of Australia won the second runner-up title.
|John Paul Serrano Gorens||United States||Grand winner|
|Kuya Sawa||Japan||First runner-up|
|James Carne||Australia||Second runner-up|
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- Gui Adorno, wagi sa 'You're My Foreignoy' ng 'Eat Bulaga!', 22 February 2014, GMA News.
- Trivia N’ Bio: The one and only Richard Hwan, 18 November 2014, GMA News.
- LOOK: 'You're My Foreignoy, Artistahin Talaga' winner is..., 2 May 2015, GMA News.
- Foreigner shares why he fell in love with the Philippines, 13 June 2018, The Filipino Times.
- PEP JAMS. 4Noiz: Mixed nationalities boy band with "Pusong Pinoy", 22 December 2015, Philippine Entertainment Portal.
- 40th anniversary celebration ng 'Eat Bulaga,' napuno ng pasasalamat at big announcements, 30 July 2019, GMA News.
- Get to know 'You're My Foreignoy' winner John Paul Serrano, 30 September 2019, GMA News.