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WATCH: Denise Laurel’s ‘A Whole New World’ throwback moment with Tom Rodriguez delights fans

/ 06:11 PM May 02, 2019
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Denise Laurel and Tom Rodriguez. Image: Instagram/@d_laurel/@akosimangtomas

Denise Laurel and Tom Rodriguez took their fans on a nostalgic magic carpet ride as they showed off their musical chops in a throwback cover of “A Whole New World” from the Disney film “Aladdin”.

The “Your Face Sounds Familiar” season two winner took to Instagram yesterday, May 1, to bring back her cover of the Disney classic with Rodriguez from 2016, in light of the upcoming “Aladdin” live-action remake to premiere later this month.

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“I [cannot] wait for [Aladdin] to come out in theaters and to see my lodi (idol) [Will Smith] portray everyone’s favorite genie,” Laurel said. “Here’s an old [throwback] behind the scenes video of [Tom Rodriguez] and myself goofing around in between filming trying to impersonate some of our [favorite] Disney characters.”

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#SOUNDON Cause i can't wait for #aladdin to come out in theaters and to see my lodi @willsmith portray everyone's favorite genie! Here's an old #tbt behind the scenes video of @akosimangtomas and myself goofing around in between filming trying to impersonate some of our fave Disney characters haha! also, what a nice surprise i had no idea this video had 1.7m views haha and Hella shares n 986 comments pretty coo!! (I don't have Facebook so i didn't know lol) haha enjoy our dressing room carpet ride!! #forthekidsatheart #nothingbeatstheoriginalthough #itsmysecretDREAMTOBEADISNEYPRINCESSVOICE @disney P.s. Please don't tag Ms Lea nakakahiya haha this is just an impersonation of the character for fun and could never do her justice haha nagiisa Lang siya

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Laurel and Rodriguez stumbled over some of the lyrics, but their spot-on impressions of Jasmine and Aladdin gained the attention of their friends and fans online. The original post on Facebook by makeup artist Leo Velasco has garnered 1.7 million views as of this writing.

Celebrities Rayver Cruz, Vina Morales, Jhong Hilario, Franco Laurel and Maricar De Mesa, were among those who praised the singing duo’s singing skills.

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Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@d_laurel

Laurel also asked netizens not to “tag Ms. Lea [Salonga]” as she feels shy. “This is just an impersonation of the character for fun, and [I] could never do her justice.”

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In 2015, the singer-actress also impersonated Salonga in “Your Face Sounds Familiar”, singing Salonga’s 1988 rendition of “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal” by The Boyfriends. The Tony Award-winning actress then responded to Laurel’s tribute, saying “You made me so proud.” JB

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