Marlo Mortel was about to start taping for GMA Network’s primetime TV series Daldalita in 2011 when he left the Kapuso network just to join ABS-CBN’s reality show X Factor. Unfortunately, he only made it to the boot camp stage and KZ Tandingan eventually won the competition.
He shared this during the press conference of It’s Showtime ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan All-Star Grand Resbak.’
“Bago ako sumali ng X Factor ang dami kong ni-risk para doon, e. Kasi dapat magkakaroon ako ng teleserye sa kabila, pero iniwanan ko yun. Parang taping na kinabukasan, iniwanan ko yun kasi nakita ko sa TV na may audition ng X Factor and ito, walang kasiguraduhan kasi sasali lang ako.”
Joining the X Factor opened a lot of opportunities for him. This led him to be partnered with Janella Salvador for Be Careful With My Heart TV series which ran from July 2012 until November 2014 on ABS-CBN.
“Kaya ako nakapasok sa Be Careful With My Heart before dahil sa X Factor, hindi dahil sumali ako ha. Nakilala ko yung girlfriend ko sa pila tapos parang sinundo ko lang siya sa ABS kaya nakita nila ako dito. Nag-aaudition mag talent yung girlfriend ko before, so sinundo ko lang siya sa ABS then hanggang sa na-discover nila ako, nilagay ako sa Be Careful as talent din hanggang sa nag-progress ng nag-progress yung character ko kahit wala akong management.”
Despite his loss in X Factor and all the sacrifices he has done in the past, Marlo is grateful for taking the risk and following his passion, he is now under the management of Star Magic.
“Bago magstart yung X Factor, eight months pa. So marami tayong sina-sacrifice para sa mga gusto nating makuha kasi yun yung passion natin. Pero sometimes kung ano yung gut feel mo dapat sundin mo lang e.”
Meanwhile, Marlo was vocal during the interview with Rider PH on how he felt when he was replaced all of a sudden despite the success of MarNella team up.
“Kung andon ka sa situation ko, very heartbreaking, kasi never naman ako nagsalita sa amin ni Janella and [we’re] very close. Pero para tanghalin ka sa isang love team na very successful is heartbreaking for a person. Siguro kung yun iba na depress na sila pero ako, hindi ko siya tinake personally.”
In the meantime, here’s Marlo’s “Dancing On My Own” for Tawag ng Tanghalan All-Star Grand Resbak.
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Not gonna lie, my heart breaks. After pouring my heart & soul, results showed I got an average of 88.4 for this song, having me eliminated on the first day of Resbak. I’ve always asked myself, “What’s wrong with me?” for I can’t even bag a small win after a decent performance. Age 16, I joined “Are you the next big star” on GMA and I qualified as one of the 115 contenders. After my performance, Judge said “I believe that you could be the next big star” but I didn’t make it to the next round. It was painful, but It’s my first competition. So maybe I just need more experience? I was then told to join Starstruck where I reached the Top 30 but got cut. Same with X Factor, where I sacrificed a lot to join, but got eliminated at the Bootcamp round. I just never make it to the Live shows. But I told myself keep growing, maybe I’m just not good enough yet? As a celebrity, I was invited to join We Love OPM where our group “Power Chords” coached by @nyoyvolante always lose, we even got a 75 at the Finals after all the hard work. But maybe we just don’t blend well together? Recently, I was invited to join the TNT Celebrity Edition. I felt I was ready, even though I was sick, I got great feedback for my performance of “Invisible” but got beaten by Ethel Booba’s rendition of “Help”. Just my luck I guess? I finally gave a good one but got lined up with a Singing Champion. Thankful though! Yesterday, I was given the chance to Resbak where I felt like I finally gave strong performances but I got the lowest combined scores. I thought I was numb ‘cause I’m used to losing. But why are people, contestants, celebrities, staff, etc. continuously coming up to me telling me that I deserved to win? I was also trending for people are protesting about this loss. I’m confused, so am I really worth a win? I know it’s not about winning, but sometimes a loser just needs a small deserved win to get up & keep going. I guess the big WIN is there are more people who believes in us everytime we don’t anymore. Kaya salamat sa mga taong naniniwala at nagmamahal. There’s always a reason to move forward ❤️