MANILA - Before he found his calling as a jester entertaining crowds before cameras started rolling, "Your Face Sounds Familiar" celebrity contestant Eric Nicolas was an animator.
Nicolas, who was discovered by host Willie Revillame, worked on several Japanese shows aired in the country in the 1990s. These shows included seminal favorites such as "Slam Dunk," "Sailor Moon," and "Dragon Ball Z."
In an interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," Nicolas recalled how he transitioned from his humble beginnings to becoming part of one of the most watched weekend shows in the country.
"Kinabahan po talaga ako kasi sanay lang po talaga ako sa likod ng camera. Alam po ng karamihan na pagdating sa harap ng camera, kabado po ako," he admitted. "Pero noong nalaman ko po na pumasa ako sa audition, hinanda ko na po talaga 'yung sarili ko."
And that preparation seemed to have paid off. Nicolas won the first week of the competition by doing a spot on impersonation of Revillame, wooing the studio audience with his cover of "Ikaw Na Nga."
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But Nicolas refuses to let the early win get to his head. "Hindi naman po talaga ako ganoon ka-eager manalo. 'Yung mapasama lang po ako sa walo, panalo na po ako eh. Panalong panalo na po ako."