Amid the success of impersonation weekend show Your Face Sounds Familiar, jury member Jed Madela is well aware of the concerns of certain quarters about how it is being ran. Among them was the supposed "inconsistency" of the jury when it comes to giving points to the eight performers.
"Well totoo 'yung sinasabi mo eh. It's hard. It's easy and it's fun," started Jed during a recent interview for launch of his latest album titled Iconic.
He continued, "It's fun kasi siyempre nakaupo lang naman kami doon and we enjoy every performance. It's easy to write down whatever you want to write down but it's difficult to really give points to whoever's deserving kasi all eight contestant are very talented. They're all amazing performers. Talagang kina-career nila lahat."
According to Jed, certain fans called his attention recently over a certain problem.
"A few days ago may nabasa ako na medyo inconsistent daw ako which led me to think na 'Bakit ako 'yung inconsistent?' Kasi you know whatever points I give 'yun 'yung mga nananalo and then sila 'yung magagaling din and same with Ms. Sharon [Cuneta] and Gary [Valenciano]. So I don't know where that issue came out," he asked.
The said issue got him thinking and he just had to seek the opinion of the team behind Your Face, saying, "Sabi ko 'Am I doing okay?' Kasi ako siyempre i'm the newest in the roster. Siyempre beterano na sila Gary, sila Sharon, ako 'yung pinakabago na ginawang judge. So kahit papano kumakapa pa rin. But based on what they observe and what they see, they tell me I'm doing a great job and that is what I hold on to."
Jed commented that the people who consider him inconsistent are, "Siguro 'yung mga mg gumagawa lang ng kwento para lang paguusapan, na you know very baseless."
Since he's on the subject, the acclaimed singer likewise clarified their comments on the performances of the eight stars. Apparently, according to Jed, there are people that are not impressed that they only give "positive" or even "safe" feedbacks on the show.
"People always complain na, bakit kayo puro good comments tapos bigla na lang ang baba ng ibibigay na score. It's not because mababa 'yung score, it's not because na pangit ang performance ng artist. It just so happened na merong mas magaling sa kanila," he explained.
To cite a specific example, Jed mentioned Maxene Magalona, who often lands on the last spot every scoring night.
Jed explained, "Hindi naman lahat ng performances ni Maxene pangit or medyo alanganin. She had good performances, it just so happened na may mas magagaling na ibang performances."
What added fuel to the controversy was Maxene impersonating her dad, rapper Francis M and winning in the April 25 episode, which had Melai Cantiveros tailing in the second place as Rihanna.
"Di ba last week she won and actually ang dami ring nagreklamo. But you know it was one of the most sincere performances na talagang na-touch kaming lahat. Not just because she portrayed her dad but she gave the vibe of Francis M. Pinalabas niya sa performance niya. And come one, she looks like her dad. Di ba?" said Jed.
As for the criticisms, Jed pointed out that the public needs to understand that the participants of the show are also celebrities.
"Ano kaya ang gagawin namin kung iba-bash namin si Karla Estrada and sasabihin namin na 'Ang pangit ng performance mo!' Papatayin kami ng Kathniel! We can criticize or say constructive criticisms but as much as possible we don't want to say anything bad kasi may image rin silang pino-protect kasi artista sila," he ended.
Jed's latest album Iconic is now available on Spotify and will soon be out in record stores nationwide.