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You're My Foreignoy 2019 is the third edition of Eat Bulaga!'s iconic talent search for pure foreign men who are 100% Filipino at heart. The segment premiered on 16 September 2019 and concluded on 21 September 2019.

Contestants must show their Filipino-inspired talent, say hard-to-pronounce Filipino words and proverbs correctly, and delight the viewers with their charm and wit.

This 2019 edition only had a short one-week run. It was part of the show's 40th anniversary resurgence of its "Tatak Eat Bulaga!segments, such as Mr. PogiThat's My Boy, and Little Miss PhilippinesThe short-lived revival of these segments was meant to give the new generation of Filipinos and foreignoys an opportunity to get a taste of the show's several iconic competitions. These segments were done in "limited engagement" only. 

John Paul Serrano Gorens, the 19-year-old foreignoy from the United States, was hailed as the grand winner of You're My Foreignoy 2019. He also won the Dabarkads Choice award after gaining the most number of likes on the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga!. He is known for his great fluency in Tagalog as well as his performance of the 2017 hit "Nadarang" by Shanti Dope.

Kuya Sawa of Japan bagged the title of first runner-up, while James Carne of Australia emerged victorious as the second runner-up. 

Overview

Contestant selection

The contest was open to pure male foreigners who are Filipino at heart. Contestants must know decent information about the Philippines and be able to pronounce words and phrases well enough. A Filipino-inspired performance in the talent portion was necessary.

Daily rounds

Each daily round featured two new contestants who competed against each other with their talent, wit, and charm. The contestants first showed their Filipino-inspired performance in the talent portion. They were then asked to properly pronounce a challenging Filipino word. An additional cultural-inspired acting challenge was then given to each contestant. The challenges were provided by Bebot 2019 characters Blackylou Blanco (played by Wally Bayola) and Kidney Spears (played by Buboy Villar).

Forty people were taken from the studio audience to judge the competition. The criteria of judging were as follows:

  • 30% – Personality
  • 50% – Talent
  • 20% – Appeal

The winners of the daily rounds received ₱20,000 and additional prizes from the show's sponsors. They also advanced to the grand finals of the competition.

Grand finals

The grand finals was held on Saturday, 21 September 2019. There were six grand finalists who competed for the grand title of the contest.

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You're My Foreignoy 2019 grand finalists

For the final time, the contestants showed their Filipino-inspired performance in the talent portion. In the interview portion, they must properly pronounce challenging Tagalog words that refer to Filipino values or traits. They were then challenged to act out the words in an acting scene with Bebot characters Blackylou Blanco and Kidney Spears.

Nineteen-year-old John Paul Serrano Gorens of the United States, was proclaimed as the grand winner of You're My Foreignoy 2019. He also won the Dabarkads Choice award after gaining the most number of likes on the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga!. He is known for his great fluency in Tagalog as well as his performance of the 2017 hit "Nadarang" by Shanti Dope.

Kuya Sawa of Japan bagged the title of first runner-up, while James Carne of Australia was declared as the second runner-up.

Hosts

Below is a list of hosts who been involved in the segment at some point in its run. This may include main, co-, substitute, and one-time presenters.

  • Ryan Agoncillo


Results

Daily rounds

Each daily round featured two new contestants who must compete against one another with their talent, wit, and charm. The winners of the daily rounds advanced to the grand finals of the competition.

Date Contestant Age Origin Result
Monday
16 September 2019
Bjorn Camilleri 23 Malta Eliminated
Vladimir Grand 24 Ukraine Winner
Tuesday
17 September 2019
Lucas Carson 17 United States Eliminated
Ciro Tarallo 19 Italy Winner
Wednesday
18 September 2019
James Carne 24 Australia Winner (tied)
Kuya Sawa 25 Japan Winner (tied)
Thursday
19 September 2019
Adel Serhal 21 Ukraine Eliminated
Nico Locco 24 Italy Winner
Friday
20 September 2019
Julio Monteiro 21 Brazil Eliminated
John Paul Serrano Gorens 19 United States Winner



Grand finals

The grand finals was held on Saturday, 21 September 2019. It featured six finalists competing in the talent, interview, and acting portions. Nineteen-year-old John Paul Serrano Gorens of the United States was proclaimed as the grand winner of You're My Foreignoy 2019.

Grand Finalists
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Vladimir Grand
Ukraine
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Ciro Tarallo
Italy
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James Carne
Australia
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Kuya Sawa
Japan
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Nico Locco
Italy
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John Paul Gorens
United States


Final Results
Contestant Age Origin Result
70672737 2937865516260961 8231752504405131264 o John Paul Serrano Gorens 19 United States Grand winner
70867489 2937857976261715 8605786186713137152 o Kuya Sawa 25 Japan First runner-up
70953170 2937862622927917 1678812869585534976 o James Carne 24 Australia Second runner-up
  Special Award
Award Contestant Age Origin
Dabarkads Choice John Paul Serrano Gorens 19 United States

Trivia

  • The grand finals of You're My Foreignoy 2019 was replayed in full on Wednesday, 25 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the suspension of all live shows, Eat Bulaga! opted to replay throwback videos of some of its most iconic segments from way back in the past.

List of contestants

A total of 10 contestants competed in the 2019 edition of You're My Foreignoy. The contestants are listed in alphabetical order based on their last names.

Full List of Contestants
Contestant Age Origin
Bjorn Camilleri 23 Malta
James Carne 24 Australia
Lucas Carson 17 United States
John Paul Serrano Gorens 19 United States
Vladimir Grand 24 Ukraine
Nico Locco 24 Italy
Julio Monteiro 21 Brazil
Kuya Sawa 25 Japan
Adel Serhal 21 Ukraine
Ciro Tarallo 19 Italy
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