Marcelio Pomoy: Mars Dual
Pinoy “solo duet sensation” Marcelito Pomoy stunned the audience and the judges of America’s Got Talent with his rendition of The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Singing two voices—both male and female—in two languages, he gave a jaw-dropping and truly heartwarming performance of the song.
“Your voice, your song, your range is just so out of this world,” judge Heidi Klum remarked.
He recently made it to the semi-finals after he won the votes of superfans. His AGT performance also became an internet sensation. It had more than 30 million views in Facebook alone and about 12 million views in YouTube.
Pomoy’s Version of The Prayer, “Melting the Internet”
In Marcelito’s performance, he started by singing the voice of Celine Dion in her stunning soprano part of The Prayer. This immediately caught the attention of the judges, even hard-to-impress Simon Cowell.
Everyone went even wilder when he sang Andrea Bocelli’s tenor part in the Italian language. See his performance in this video, which also featured his history and background.
The song is considered to be one of the most difficult songs to sing live. It had won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1999. It was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award in 1999 and in 2000.
From Runaway Orphan to Being Reunited with his Family
Marcelito Pomoy ran away when he was only seven years old and started living in the streets as a pin boy. He said that his mother had abandoned him, while his father was in prison.
He joined the Pilipinas Got Talent in the hopes of searching for his family. After learning of his story, PGT and many people started to help him search for his mother and father, and they were eventually reunited. Since then his family members supported him and were always present with him during his performances.
According to the humble 35-year-old Caviteño (who was raised in Surigao del Sur), PGT also led him to find his life partner and wife, Joan Paraiso.
But most of all, Marcelito said that being a father is his greatest achievement, saying that “[f]atherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.”
Rise to Fame
Marcelito has a unique gift of being able to sing both in the male and female voices. Even though he had started to sing at the age of seven, it was only when he turned 18 when he discovered that he can switch his voice back and forth gracefully.
Pilipinas Got Talent hailed Marcelito Pomoy as the champion of the show in 2011. More than the title and anything else, his victory granted him to be reunited with his family.
He has recently released two albums. One is “Duet Yourself” with cover songs of the “The Prayer” and “Let Love Begin” and Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang. The other is “Split” featuring other songs such as Hanggang Kailan, Hanggang Ngayon, and Ikaw ang Buhay Ko.