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GMA-7 singer, ex-girlfriend of Jake Zyrus among Idol Philippines auditionees

by James Patrick Anarcon
Apr 29, 2019
(L-R) Alyssa Quijano, Kier King, and Trish Bonilla auditioned for ABS-CBN's Idol Philippines.

Contestants who have already joined previous televised singing competitions are trying their luck again in ABS-CBN's Idol Philippines.

Yesterday, April 28, Idol Philippines aired the auditions of GMA-7 singer Kier King and X-Factor Philippines finalist Alyssa Quijano, who is also known as the ex-girlfriend of Charice Pempengco a.k.a. Jake Zyrus.

Trish Bonilla, the daughter of former singer Mau Marcelo, also auditioned for the ABS-CBN reality contest, which was aired on Saturday, April 27.

Mau is the winner of the first Pinoy Idol franchise, Philippine Idol, aired on ABC-5 in 2006.


Twenty-four-year-old Kier King, who formerly used the screen name Ralf King, was a member of GMA-7's One Up.

Just last February 2019, he and The Clash grand winner Golden Canedo performed on the Kapuso variety program, Studio 7.

Prior to becoming a member of One Up, Kier won the second season of Popstar Kids, a singing competition aired on GMA-7's defunct sister QTV, in 2007.

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He also joined GMA-7's 2014 reality competition, Bet ng Bayan, hosted by Regine Velasquez and Alden Richards. Back then, he used his real name, Kierfulf Raboy.

Regine was one of the judges seated during Kier's Idol Philippines audition. However, she did not bring this up during the audition.

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Kier's rendition of "You Are The Reason" by Calum Scott earned him four "YES" votes from the judges.


Twenty-six-year-old Alyssa Quijano first joined televised singing contests in 2009, via GMA-7's Are You The Next Big Star? This Kapuso singing competition was also hosted by Regine Velasquez. However, Alyssa only made it to the Top 40.

In 2012, she auditioned for ABS-CBN's X Factor Philippines, where she became a part of the group A.K.A. Jam.

It was on that show where Alyssa met Jake Zyrus (who used the name Charice Pempengco back then). The two became a couple for four years.

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During her Idol Philippines audition, Alyssa brought along her new boyfriend.

In the interview part, Alyssa told the judges that she is currently finishing her Medical Technology course, after taking a break for several years.

When Regine asked her the reason why she stopped, Alyssa answered, "That time po kasi, na-in love ako sa isang singer din po na katulad ko and kilala rin po siyang singer."

Regine replied, "Gusto kong malaman sino ito!"

Alyssa answered, "Si Charice po."

Alyssa then performed her rendition of Regine Velasquez's "Araw Gabi."

When Vice was giving his comments, he told Alyssa, "Actually habang kumakanta ka, nahinto ako kasi may nag-text. 'Ang ganda ng boses mo, nakaka-in love, gusto kita makita.'

"From letter C... H... A... R... O. Ma'am Charo, gusto ka niyang makita! Kasi parang maganda raw kantahin mo yung Maalaala Mo Kaya!"

Alyssa was also granted her ticket to Idol City.


Trish Bonilla, 16, is the daughter of former singer Mau Marcelo.

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In 2006, Mau won the first franchise of Idol in the Philippines. Titled Philippine Idol, it was hosted by Ryan Agoncillo with Ryan Cayabyab as one of the judges.

Mau also joined the 2003 contest Star For A Night, aired on IBC-13 with Regine Velasquez as judge. Sarah Geronimo won the competition.

In December 2007, Mau was part of Asian Idol, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Asian Idol gathered the winners of Idol franchises across Asia. However, she lost to Hady Mirza of Singapore Idol.

Just recently, Mau also joined It's Showtime's "Tawag ng Tanghalan."

During Trish's audition for Idol Philippines, she told the judges that Mau used to stop her from joining contests.

Trish said, "Sumali po ako ng Idol Philippines para po sa pangarap ko.

"Like my mom po, isa rin po kasi siyang singer. Before po, tinututulan niya po akong kumanta kasi ayaw niyang mararansan ko po yung naranasan niya pong hirap before."

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In a separate Idol Philippines interview, Mau narrated, "Noong una, siyempre inisip ko kung kaya niya ba yung contest, naranasan ko kasi yung iba't ibang contest before sa TV. Sabi ko, 'Magpray ka lang.'"

Regine and Vice also acknowledged knowing Mau, with Regine saying, "Ang galing ng nanay nito!"

Trish's rendition of "Sirena" earned her four "YES" votes from the judges.

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(L-R) Alyssa Quijano, Kier King, and Trish Bonilla auditioned for ABS-CBN's Idol Philippines.
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