Who Is Marcelito Pomoy, International Singing Sensation?

The Filipino singer is taking the internet by storm.
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Marcelito Pomoy has ended his America’s Got Talent: The Champions run as the third runner-up of the hit talent show.

In his final performance, Pomoy sang “Beauty and the Beast,” singing both parts of the duet and proving his vocal range to judges Heidi Klum, Alesha Dixon, and Howie Mandel, who promptly gave the Filipino a standing ovation. Meanwhile, judge Simon Cowell called his performance “very safe.” However, Pomoy earlier claimed that Cowell was the one who chose the song for him.

“If it was my choice on a night like this, I would have done something less predictable,” said Cowell.

Klum came to his defense, saying "I know this is the third time you performed in front of us but it just never gets old like when all those voices are coming out, it's like so many voices inside your body.”

“You're making the right choices, the right song, great job tonight," said Mandel, who also came to his defense.

Dixon agreed, saying, “The song choice was perfect.”


Road to America’s Got Talent

Pomoy started his international journey to the top with ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent in 2011 where he was eventually crowned Grand Winner. Pomoy then went on to make a name for himself on Philippine television, guest starring on ASAP, Gandang Gabi, Vice!, Kris TV, and Wowowin.

In the Philippines, Pomoy released two albums with Star Records: Duet Yourself (2011) and Split (2013).

He eventually made his international debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018 where he stole the international spotlight with this singing voice, which, in turn, catapulted him to season 2 of America’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2020.

Singing as Solace

Prior to his singing career, Pomoy overcame a number of obstacles in his personal life. Born in Imus, Cavite, Pomoy’s father was incarcerated when he was young and his mother left for Manila, leaving him behind to take care of his siblings. He was later adopted by a police officer, and his biological parents had separate families excluding him.

After his success with singing, Pomoy married his wife, Joan Paraiso in 2014, and the two have one daughter together.

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