Philippine Idol

Soul Idol

Mau Marcelo

Birth name

Maureen Marcelo


May 13, 1980


Philippine flagLucena City, Philippines


Sony BMG

Maureen "Mau" Marcelo (born May 13, 1980) is a Filipina singer who rose to prominence as the winner of the first season of Philippine Idol in 2006. For a time, she went by the stage name Samantha Brown. On Philippine Idol, Marcelo was dubbed the "Soul Idol" and "the black belter" for her powerful R&B-style vocals.
Hailing from Lucena City, Marcelo started singing at age 7. By her 20s, she was a veteran of singing competitions, including the Star for a Night singer-search that was won by Sarah Geronimo.
After winning the title, Marcelo's debut performance as the first Philippine Idol was on ABC-5's Shall We Dance: Christmas with the Champions special where she reprised her winning song. On December 20, 2006, she gave a command performance at MalacaƱang for the Christmas party of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

Week #

Song ChoiceOriginal Artist Theme

Top 24

*Sweet LoveAnita Baker Personal Choice


*Till My Heartaches EndElla Mae Saison Personal Choice

Top 12

*Minsan Lang Kitang IibiginAriel Rivera Original Pinoy Music

Top 11

*Crazy In LoveBeyonce R & B / Soul

Top 10

*Ako Ang Nasawi, Ako Ang NagwagiDulce Metropop Song Festival

Top 9

*So SlowFreestyle Contemporary Pinoy Bands

Top 8

*I Will Always Love YouDolly Parton, popularized by Whitney Houston Themesong Of My Life

Top 7

*Shy GuyDiana King Dance Music

Top 6

*Mahal Naman KitaJamie Rivera Radio Hits

Top 5

*Diamonds Are ForeverShirley Bassey Movie Soundtrack

Top 5

*And I'm Telling You I Am Not GoingJennifer Holliday Broadway Showtunes

Top 4

*My Funny ValentineDianne Reeves Big Band

Top 4

*Waray WarayEartha Kitt Big Band


*Love Takes TimeMariah Carey Personal Choice


*BalutPilita Corrales Judges' Choice


*Try It On My OwnWhitney Houston Record Label's Choice

As part of her Philippine Idol prize, Marcelo won a recording deal with Sony BMG. Her forthcoming album under that label will feature "Try It on My Own", her final performance song from the competition.
A CD-EP version of the album, entitled On My Own, was released on January 2, 2007. Besides the title track ("Try It on My Own"), the EP includes two other songs Marcelo performed on Philippine Idol ("Love Takes Time" and "Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin"), as well as "Minus One" versions of these songs. The release of the full album is planned for May 2007.[1] Marcelo's other recordings under Sony BMG include two tracks on the Philippine Idol: The Final 12 CD: "Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin" (a solo) and "Kaleidoscope World" (the group song featuring the top 12 finalists).
Prior to Philippine Idol, Marcelo had also recorded, as "Samantha Brown", a self-titled album of ten original songs composed by her stepsister's husband.


On My Own CD cover

On My Own CD cover

  • Samantha Brown
  • Philippine Idol: The Final 12 (2006)
  • On My Own (2007)
  • I Shine For You (2007)


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