Of the 7,000 plus entries this year, Jonathan stressed that the number of entries this year was definitely bigger than last year. According to him, this was a good thing as it aids the music industry.
As for the interpreters, it has been revealed that they can be chosen by the interpreters or by Himig Handog executives themselves.
Since its inception 16 years ago, over 17 Star Magic interpreters have taken part on the contest.
Super Pinoy - Jungee Marcelo (Jolina Magdangal, 2000)
Kung Ako Ba – Arnold Reyes (Piolo Pascual, 2001)
Narito Lang Ako – Chona Borromeo (Vina Morales, 2003)
If You Ever Change Your Mind – Marion Aunor (Marion Aunor, 2013)
Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat – Jungee Marcelo (Daniel Padilla, 2013)
One Day- Agatha Morallos (Angeline Quinto, 2013)
Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit? – Jeffrey Cifra (Bugoy Drilon, 2013)
Sana’y Magbalik – Arman Alferez (Jovit Baldivino, 2013)
Scared to Death – Domingo Rosco, Jr. (KZ, 2013)
This Song is For You 2 – Jude Gitamondoc (Erik Santos, 2013)
Dito – Raizon Chabeldin, Biv De Vera (Jovit Baldivino, 2014)
Hanggang Kailan – Jose Mendoza (Angeline Quinto, 2014)
If You Don’t Want To Fall – Jude Gitamondoc (Jed Madela, 2014)
Mahal Kita Pero – Melchora Mabilog (Janella Salvador, 2014)
Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako – Edwin Marollano (KZ, 2014)
Pumapag-ibig – Jungee Marcelo (Marion Aunor, Seed Bunye and Rizza Cabrera, 2014)
Simpleng Tulad Mo – Meljohn Magno (Daniel Padilla, 2014)
Umiiyak Ang Puso – Rolando Azor (Bugoy Drilon, 2014)
Truth be told, Himig Handog and Star Magic, over the years have forged an inconspicuous connection with each other.
Not only have the Star Magic artists been a huge part of Himig Handog as interpreters, but they have also served as a crucial element in the mounting of the annual Himig Handog awards night.
For one, Star Magic artists have been predominantly been the hosts of the show. During the contest’s comeback, the hosts have been Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, and Matteo Guidicelli. The following year, there were KimXi and then Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga as the masters of ceremony.
This year it would Kathryn Bernardo, Liza Soberano, Daniel Padilla and Robi’s turn to host together. Daniel, as earlier announces, is expected to have a special participation on the program. #TatakStarMagic
Over the years, several Himig Handog songs slowly got more popular into the mainstream scene in part because they became
Apart from being interpreters, hosts, participants, and performers, Himig Handog songs
In the big screen, Ebe Dancel’s Halik sa Hangin has been used as the official theme song of the eponymously titled 2015 movie starring Julia Montes, Gerald Anderson and JC de Vera.
On TV, Janella Salvador’s Mahal Kita Pero has been used as the theme song of the Korean drama Let’s Get Married, Simpleng Tulad Mo has been used for the Korean drama Fated to Love You while KZ's Scared to Death has been used as the theme song of the 2013 movie Tuhog starring Enchong Dee, Eugene Domingo and Leo Martinez.
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