Nine-Year Old Wins This Year’s JPOP Anime Singing Contest


Nine-year old Melrick James Celajes was named this year’s Grand Champion of 2013 JPOP Anime Singing Contest.

Celajes bested 9 other finalists during the Grand Finals held last July 20 at the Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. He sang “Piece of my wish” by Japanese pop singer Miki Imai.

Here is a video clip of his performance

Second placer was given Sheena Stacey Gonzales who sang “Reaching You/From Me To You” from anime series Kimi Ni Todoko while third place was given to Diana Tabitha for singing “Ryuusei” by Shooting Star. Alexis Arcillas who sang Saigo No Ame by Yasushi Nakanishi took fourth place.

Other winners are as follows:

HERO TV Choice

-Melrick James Celajes (Piece of my wish by Miki Imai)
-Alexis Arcillas (Saigo No Ame by Yasushi Nakanishi)

Toei Choice

-Melrick James Celajes (Piece of my wish by Miki Imai)

Other finalist were  Hikari, Incognito, Infinity, MAI, Pebbles Montales, and Vinar Takumi.

The event featured special performances from Japanese American rock musician Joe Inoue. He sang his famous songs “Closer” and “Kaze no Gotoku” from anime series Naruto Shippuden and Gintama , respectively on stage.

Inoue is also one of the judges of the singing contest.

The event also featured a mini-cosplay contest. The winners of the contest are as follows:

Grand Winners

Cloth Category
1st placer – Rica Gabrielle Ortiz
2nd placer – Icee Ticar

Mecha Category
1st placer – Seir Luke Buelos
2nd placer – Ashley Misaki Francisco

Toei Choice

Cloth Category – Rica Gabrielle Ortiz
Mecha Category – Shan Lowel Cruz

HEROtv Choice

Cloth Category – Gregory Reyes
Mecha Category – Christine Jean Blardony

There were also special appearances of anime characters Nobita and Doraemon on stage.