"So my back story is, at the age of 50... 50-year-old-singer... and they're gonna do the research and see and, 'Oh, they call you the Concert King. What the hell are you doing here?' You know? Even at this age, as a singer, I still have not achieved international stardom," says Martin Nievera when asked why he wants to join X-Factor.

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"People think I'm crazy but how am I gonna get this kind of exposure, right?

"Okay, they call you the Concert King. What a title to have... to join a singing contest, you know.

"But at this point in my career, I feel my back story... every contestant has a back story, right, on the X-Factor.

"So my backstory is, at the age of 50... 50-year-old-singer... and they're gonna do the research and see and, 'Oh, they call you the Concert King. What the hell are you doing here?' You know?

"Even at this age, as a singer, I still have not achieved international stardom. And this is my only chance.

"I din't have YouTube during my time. I didn't have Internet.

"I didn't have CDs during my time. Nothing was digital during my time.

"Everything was analog, you know. Black and white almost.

"You know, you know what I'm saying? So here's my chance.

"I don't know if I can be a contestant, I'm a judge [here in the Philippines] at the same time.

"Ang hirap yun."

Patuloy ni Martin, "I have nothing to lose. And then I have the whole nation rooting fo me.

"And I'll be Filipino trying to make it... Exactly what I've been telling you guys since 1982 about this big dreams of making it... then I might go stand in line with the rest of them."

Hindi kaya maging problema ang pagiging singer niya professionally sa Las Vegas?

Isa raw kasi sa requirement ay hindi pa dapat nagkaroon ng kontrata o recorded album ang isang contestant sa alinmang recording company sa America.