KZ Tandingan is now a trending topic on social media after the Filipina performer bested her idol, international singer Jessie J, on the Chinese singing competition, Singer 2018.
The 25-year-old artist entered the reality singing competition on its fifth episode as a challenger, and she captivated the Chinese audience with her elevated rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."
She injected a stanza for Filipino rap.
KZ's winning performance aired last Friday, February 9, on Hunan Television.
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OPM COMMUNITY CELEBRATES. On social media, OPM artists celebrated KZ's successful outing on the Chinese singing competition.
Yeng Contantino was one of the first to send a congratulatory message.
She wrote, "Congratulations KZ!!!! (clapping emoji) Iba ka!!!!"
Angeline Quinto beamed with pride when the results were announced.
Part of her Instagram caption read: "Grabe nakakaproud ka Kaze! We love you kazee girl. Laban!"
The Voice Philippines Season 1 alumnus Thor Dulay was also happy for KZ.
He captioned, "Grabe ka @kztandingan!!!!!! Congrats kaayo!!!!"
OPM veteran Ogie Alcasid reposted KZ's Instagram post, and wrote, "Never a doubt! #keepshining for #Jesus sister!"
Never a doubt! #keepshining for #Jesus sister! #Repost @kztandingan ??? I’m so glad i finally get to tell you guys. I’m blessed to be chosen as one of the participants in China’s Biggest Singing Competition, “Singer”. I’ll be coming in as a the first international challenger on the 5th episode. Please keep our team in your prayers as we step into this unfamiliar and challenging but exciting journey. Thank you everyone! I will do my best! #DiPasisiilSaTakotatKaba
Jaya also sent her love to KZ, "Keep shining @kztandigan we are so proud of you! Love you anak!"
CELEBS IN AWE. Gretchen Ho shared KZ's performance on her Facebook account, and was happy that the singer's musicality is finally being noticed abroad.
Her caption read: "I’ve always been a fan of KZ Tandingan. So glad that she’s finally being recognized for the creative musical genius that she is!
"Every performance, she brings a new twist, but the core message is always brought through, and with a BANG straight to your heart & soul!
"Welcome Asia’s Soul Supreme!!!
"I can’t wait for the next! #KZxSINGER2018"
Singer-actor Matteo Guidicelli shared KZ's personal encounter with Jessie J and wrote, "Congratulations Kz!"
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano actor Awra Briguela also expressed his complete admiration for KZ: "Grabehhhh! ka ate @kztandingan!
"Yung ginawa mo sobrang galing wala akong masabe (heart emoji) kaya tama talaga na pag narinig ng taga ibang bansa na makakalaban nila ay FILIPINO dapat lang na matakot sila !
"Kasi ako, kung tatanungin mo ko, kung ano ang nararamdaman ko ngayon, isa lang ang masasabi ko yun ay PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO!!"
Grabehhhh! ka ate @kztandingan ???? yung ginawa mo sobrang galing wala akong masabe ♥? kaya tama talaga na pag narinig ng taga ibang bansa na makakalaban nila ay FILIPINO dapat lang na matakot sila ???? kase ako kung tatanungin mo ko kung ano ang nararamdaman ko ngayon isa lang ang masasabi ko yun ay PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO ???????? Congrats ulet ?????? and kay @jessiej Congrats den ????
"WELL DESERVED, MY LOVE" Of course, her boyfriend TJ Monterde was very proud.
On Facebook, TJ proudly posted the moment Jessie J was in complete awe of KZ's performance.
He captioned, "Yung mapabilib mo idol, sarap sa puso nun! (Philippine flag emoji)"
After the announcement that KZ was the top performer, TJ posted a photo of her with the Bible verse: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard. And no mind has imagined that God has prepared for those who love him." - 1Cor. 2:9 NLT."
TJ added, "What a clear manifestation this is. (heart emoji) Very well deserved, my love. "