Ep 26: justsaying with Lea Salonga – Celebrity Judge, Sing For The Stars

Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renowned across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch.

Best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon, Lea has also won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre.

She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.

Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of Disney Legend.

Most recently, Lea is a celebrity guest judge for a first-of-its-kind singing competition, Sing for the Stars, by social media platform, Kumu.

Kumu is not only the first Filipino app to be the #1 top-grossing social app in the Philippines, but one of the highest-grossing social apps in the world, ranking top 10 in multiple markets including Canada, Australia, Middle East, Europe, Hong Kong, and Singapore app stores.

We speak to Lea about her start as a musician, and what it was like to be the first female of Asian heritage to win a Tony Award.

Lea also shares how Sing for the Stars is a unique opportunity for many, and what she’s looking for from contestants.

Kumu’s Sing For The Stars also features Michael Bublé as a guest judge and is now live and open for voting.

The second runner-up will win $2,000 in cash, while the first runner-up takes home $4,000 in cash. The grand champion will take home a whopping $10,000 in cash, a one-year record contract with Warner Music, and their own mini-concert inside the Kumu app, plus a one-on-one coaching session from none other than Michael Bublé.

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