- The ‘Idol Philippines’ judges were recently questioned about their credentials by netizens
- The bashing may have stemmed from the rejection of reggae singer Luke Baylon
- Regine Velasquez stated that the judges were chosen for a particular reason
ABS-CBN ‘Idol Philippines’ judge Regine Velasquez defended her fellow judges James Reid, Moira Dela Torre, and Vice Ganda from netizens who questioned their credentials to be part of the panel.
The mounting criticism may have stemmed from the rejection of Idol hopeful Luke Baylon whose reggae rendition of the Alicia Keys song “If I Ain’t Got You” failed to get a “yes” from Dela Torre, Reid and Vice. Only Velasquez voted for Baylon.
Not a basher nor a singer, but watching judges saying YES to other auditionees made me feel unfair for Luke Baylon. He's far better than some of those who got Yeses.
PS. I am entitled of my opinion. #IdolPHJourney
— reivan (@eivancb) May 25, 2019
Don’t know why but, I still can’t get over the fact na this guy (@lukebaylon ) had 3 no’s and only 1 yes sa idol philippines. HE SANG SO GOOD and i think he deserves that ticket to idol city. Who’s with me? pic.twitter.com/FucIk6X1jD
— ✨ Ate Prince ✨ (@TriciaJane_10) May 14, 2019
“HUGE shame on the other “judges” for not seeing this guy’s potential. what a shame. such a shame. I’m ashamed,” Labajo said.
In an interview with reporters ahead of the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Movies on Sunday night, Velasquez said each of them sitting at the judges’ table was picked to share their respective 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. They were chosen because mayroon silang expertise din,” Velasquez said.
Velasquez also thinks that the show never fails to trend when it airs on weekends because of its interesting contestants and the different personalities of the judges.
“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. It’s really interesting,” she said.
Velasquez pointed out that she wanted to practice honesty and she understands the great responsibility that comes with being an Idol Philippines judge.
“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. I want for them to be better kaya kailangan ko maging honest. Hindi ko puwedeng sabihin na okay lang pero hindi naman,” she said.
Meanwhile, Velasquez also dismissed the “clash” she had with Dela Torre because of a difference in opinion.
“Parang once lang naman nangyari ‘yun. Kasi parang kanya kanya kami ng opinion. That was my opinion and she was just trying to also… kumbaga pinagtatanggol niya but unfortunately, I didn’t see it that way. But whatever happens in the ‘Idol’ table, stays in the ‘Idol’ table,” she said.