Celebrity Car Wars
Bobby Tonelli takes the wheel as host of the freshest show to hit the streets – Celebrity Car Wars! The Italian-American Tonelli, who first arrived in Southeast Asia as a runway model, has made his name as one of Singapore’s most multifaceted foreign actors. He has appeared in Hollywood films (Cages, Running Red, and No Tomorrow), several Singapore and Malaysia drama series (The Little Nyonya, Fighting Spiders, Double Bonus), and was a radio DJ at Mediacorp for four years. Before he entered the entertainment limelight, Tonelli was an accomplished athlete who lived and breathed baseball. Tonelli loves cars and over the years has owned two Pontiac Firebirds, a Dodge Avenger, BMW X5, Acura TL and Acura RL) and cannot wait to get behind the vehicle of some of the guest cars on Celebrity Car Wars.
Allan Wu grew up and studied in the US but felt the call to come back to Asia. Always up for a challenge, he took on the job as a VJ for MTV Taiwan despite a limited knowledge of the local language. Ten years, many magazine features, films, and TV projects later, Wu is now settled in Singapore and is one of the most sought-after hosts in the region. The host of Amazing Race Asia and Amazing Race: China Rush, Allan is a self-proclaimed “reality show junkie” and once downed shots of blended beetles and maggots on Fear Factor.
Andrea Fonseka was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2004 and quickly become one of the region’s fastest rising stars, gracing countless magazine covers and even being declared as the ‘World’s Sexiest Woman’ by FHM Singapore two years running. In 2008, Andrea added another gold leaf in her crown after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws. Andrea now spends her time between Australia, Malaysia and Singapore and still consults with the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation which she revamped in 2010 and ran till 2013. One thing’s for sure, viewers are going to see a very different side of the Pageant Queen and Mentor as she is thrown in the deep end of motorsports in Celebrity Car Wars!
Filipino-Iranian Joey Mead King wears many hats – model, runway coach, TV presenter, animal rights advocate, and wife. Joey grew up in Australia and came back to Manila in her early teens. The fashion world warmly welcomed her into its fold and she has since stomped runways and graced magazine covers all over Asia and New York. While in Hong Kong, she became the first Filipina VJ for ‘Channel V’, and was model mentor on Asia’s Next Top Model. On Celebrity Car Wars, Joey can’t wait to get onto the track and strut her stuff.
Filipino-American entrepreneur and media personality KC Montero broke into the scene in 1999 after winning the MTV VJ Hunt. After his stint on MTV, KC became a mainstay in the Philippine variety shows SOP and Party Pilipinas and was a minor character in the comedy series Beh Bote Nga. In 2011, KC joined the Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Edition and made it to the final four. KC hosts the interactive sports show The GOAT on Fox Sports, the radio show The Wildside on Wave 89.1, and runs several retail and bar businesses in Manila.
Marc Nelson is a television host and model, and was most recently seen as host on Asia’s Got Talent and hosted Sports Unlimited for 14 years. Marc hails from an international background – he was born in Sydney, is of Chinese, Burmese and English descent, has visited 40 over countries and lived in seven of them. This WWF and WorldVision ambassador is always up for an adventure, Marc joins the cast of Celebrity Car Wars, ready to get into action.
Piyawat Kempetch, popularly known as DJ PK, is a media personality from Thailand. He hosts the radio show Chill FM 89 and TV show Gotcha Gadgets. DJ PK is also a voice artist who wormarcked on the films Bee Movie and TMNTand is one of the most in-demand events hosts in the country.
26 year-old Michele Bumgarner is the first Filipino female in car racing. She won her first karting race in 1999 at age 10 and has not slowed down since. She raced go-karts for several years and became the first female champion of the Rock Island Grand Prix in Rock Island, Illinois in 2008. She
was awarded the ‘Golden Wheel Driver of the Year’, ‘Karter of the Year’, and ‘Motorsports Driver of the Year’ in the Philippines. Michele now focuses on open-wheel car racing and has raced in Formula Toyota, Formula BMW, Formula-3 and Star Mazda. She lives in Manila and Indianapolis.
Gabrielle “Gaby” dela Merced is a Filipino model, TV personality, and multi-awarded Formula 3 racecar driver. She started racing at the age of 16, the year she first learned to drive. Gaby first came into the limelight as a strong racer at the Asian Formula 3 circuit and was the only Filipina who competed in the full season of the series. She is a 2004 Formula BMW Scholarship scholarship awardee and placed first runner up in the 2006 Philippine National Formula 3 Championship. In 2007, she joined the Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Editon 2 and went on to appear in several TV shows and commercials. Gaby also owns Vinyl on Vinyl, a local gallery that supports young Filipino artists.
Born in 1976, Alex Yoong is a Malaysian Chinese professional racing driver who is credited as the first Malaysian to drive Formula One for Minardi in 2001 and 2002. He achieved three victories when racing A1 Grand Prix series from 2005 to 2008, and was Head of Driver Development at Lotus Racing and is currently commentating on Formula Racing for Fox Sports Asia. Alex has previously raced Formula Renault, Formula Three and Formula Nippon, and currently races the Audi R8 LMS Ultra in Asia.