Regine Velasquez went to the defense of her fellow Idol Philippines judges Vice Ganda, Moira Dela Torre, and James Reid amidst criticism regarding their decisions on the singing competition.
In a recent interview with reporters ahead of the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, Regine reiterated that the three were chosen to be at the judging table because of their individual expertise.
“Mayroon kaming mga kanya kanyang specialty. Ako, obviously, sa technicals ako. A lot of times, they don’t even question what I say. So kanya kanya kami ng trabaho,” she said.
(“We all have our own specialty. I obviously focus on technicals. A lot of times, they don’t even question what I say. So we each have our own job to do.”)
She also shared her thoughts about how the show keeps trending every time it airs on the weekends.
“That’s a good thing. Very interesting naman kasi talaga ‘yung show and the mix of the contestants. Plus you have four different personalities in there na iba din ang tingin sa bawat performance,” she added.
(“That’s a good thing. The show and the mix of the contestants are what makes it very interesting. Plus you have four different personalities in there who have their own unique view on each performance.”)
Regine also addressed the rumored conflict she had with Moira regarding a contestant who Regine frustratingly expressed disappointment over for “sounding the same” as Moira and many other contestants.
“Kanya kanya kami ng opinion (We all have different opinions). That was my opinion and she was just trying to also… kumbaga pinagtatanggol niya (Moira defended her) but unfortunately, I didn’t see it that way. But whatever happens in the Idol table, stays in the Idol table,” she said.
Regine also shared how difficult it is to judge contestants hopeful to get the golden ticket.
“It’s part of our job. When I took on the [job of being] a judge on Idol Philippines, I wanted to be honest, hindi para mang-hurt ng feelings or sirain dreams nila (not to hurt their feelings or destroy their dreams). I want for them to be better kaya kailangan ko maging (that’s why I need to be) honest. Hindi ko puwedeng sabihin na okay lang pero hindi naman (I cannot say it’s “just okay” when it’s not).”
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