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Moira dela Torre explains her decision to reject Luke Baylon in Idol Philippines

by James Patrick Anarcon
May 18, 2019
Moira dela Torre admits she felt hurt by the bashing she received as a judge of Idol Philippines.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Moira dela Torre admitted that she feels hurt by the bashing she receives as a judge of Idol Philippines.

Still, the singer is unfazed by these comments especially since it was ABS-CBN management and Idol franchise owner Fremantle Media that chose her to join Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, and James Reid as judges.

Moira talked to (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other bloggers regarding this issue during her May 17 solo blogcon held at the Cornerstone Studio in Quezon City.

She said, "They'll always be entitled to their own opinion. For me, alam ko po sa sarili ko na Fremantle and ABS-CBN Management chose me, gave me this position.

"But, at the end of the day, it was my listeners who placed me in this kind of position and you know what, there will be people who won't like me but there are people who still like me.

"As long as I know people love me, I'm credible to be there."

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In Idol Philippines, Moira was already embroiled in two instances that became controversial.

The first was during the show's May 5 episode, where she and Regine had clashing opinions regarding singers who have the "same sound."

The next happened in the May 12 episode when netizens and some OPM singers became upset when reggae singer Luke Baylon did not pass the auditions.

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Moira, James, and Vice, who said no to Luke's performance, incurred the wrath of netizens who said that they did not deserve to be judges of Idol Philippines.

When asked her about this, Moira first quipped, "At least nagba-viral!"

She then admitted, "Well, siyempre, masakit. But this isn't my first time being bashed.

"It hurts, honestly, and it's not okay. I want to say kebs lang, okay lang, i-ignore mo lang like everyone else kasi lahat naman diyan sa ABS, nababash!

"Pero at the end of the day, hindi siya tama, kasi may constructive criticism, at may mga criticism na tinatago nila sa constructive criticism.

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"But at the end of the day, constructive criticism should build people up and inspire, not bring them down. And there are so many unnecessary comments."

Moira admitted that she has room for growth as a judge.

She continued, "I take constructive criticism to heart and alam ko naman po, aminado naman ako na I have so much to improve more.

"As a judge, sobrang mahiyain ko po kasi so pag may energy ako sa stage, nagmumukha siyang OA kasi hindi ako yun, e.

"But I'm improving, I know I'm gonna get better, but I know that in the last 11 years in the industry, I deserve my spot."


Moira stood by her decision to say no to reggae singer Luke Baylon even though she has been criticized heavily for this.

She said about this, "You know, he's great, he's a great singer. He's such a great artist.

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"But noong auditions po kasi, I really, really liked him, but I just feel like ang dami pa po kasing contestants, ang dami pa, and a lot of the opinions online, it's like si Luke na yung last.

"You know, they're entitled to their own opinions but hindi naman nila nakikita yung nangyayari behind the camera.

"Luke was great but I know that he's gonna have his own moment.

"Kung may naniniwala po sa second chances ako po yun, kasi ako nga hindi ako pumasa sa Live Rounds, but I have my own moment."

Moira was talking about her fate during the first season of The Voice of the Philippines, where she failed to pass the Battle Rounds. Black Eyed Peas’ member chose Penelope Matanguihan, which led to Moira's elimination from The Voice PH.

Moira continued, "God has different ways of telling our stories and that was what? Five, six years ago already, and ngayon lang nag-boom yung career ko and I really believe that Luke has his own story to tell."

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Moira admitted that she also had doubts when the post of being an Idol judge was first offered to her.

She revealed, "Noong kinausap po ako ni Miss Cory Vidanes and ni Ate Vice to be one of the judges for Idol Philippines, nangatog po ako kasi yung pressure na yun, they're giving you such a great gift, but I've always been shy.

"So, sobrang kinabahan po ako, sobrang takot ko na madisappoint po sila and ang dami ko pong doubts sa ulo ko and lalo na po noong first tapings ng auditions, ang dami pong nangyari sa akin physically.

"During auditions, I was in so much pain and it was so hard to be confident, to have energy, to give it your best when you're in so much pain.

"So, kahit anong bashing na nangyayari ngayon, alam ko sa sarili ko na binigay ko yung best ko especially noong taping and alam ko po sa puso ko na this is one of the greatest blessings and no matter what these bashers say, I'm here and I'm so grateful to be here."

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Despite these harsh comments, it never crossed Moira's mind to give up her slot as a judge.

She said with a laugh, "Parang hindi naman, kasi pag binigyan ka ba ng kotse, aayawan mo? Hindi naman, di ba? Hahaha!

"So ako, hindi po, and lagi kasi nagsasakto siya na sinulat ko yung Malaya album, kakabreak ko lang sa ex ko so it really resonated with me as a person so totoo yung mga sinulat ko doon.

"And now all of a sudden for some reason, nangyari lahat ng ito tapos yung next album ko is titled Braver.

"So the bashers? I wanna thank the bashers. Dahil sa inyo natapos ko ang album ko and I'm braver!

"Makikita mo talaga na opo, nag-doubt po ako, nasaktan po ako.

"Pero at the end of the day, God works altogether for the good and it really did work for the better."

One proof of this is her relationship with Regine, James, and Vice.

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Moira narrated, "Noong una po, siyempre, kinakabahan ako. Katabi ko pa si Mama Reg.

"If there's anything, mahirap makipagsabayan sa energy talaga kasi mahinhin talaga ako. Hindi ako pabebe, mahinhin ako!

"But at the end of every taping, they always never cease to encourage me and James, most especially. Lagi nila kami pinupush, ina-appreciate, and parang hindi sila, if there's anyone to listen to, it's Vice and Regine and James.

"But they never made us feel that hierarchy, they've always make us feel like we're welcome, our opinions our welcome, our judging is valid and needed.

"It was such a great adjustment period pero parang mga third day pa lang ng taping, sobrang saya. And then nagte-tape kasi kami, mga three days a week. Pag sa last day ng taping sa linggong yun, nalulungkot na ako kasi nase-sepanx [separation anxiety] ako.

"It's that fun now and we're just having so much fun na na-a-attach na kami sa contestants.

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"Pag makita niyo po kung anong nangyari backstage, parang wala sila sa competition kasi lahat sila nag-e-encourage sa isa't isa na parang hindi sila naglalaban-labanan.

"They all have great hearts—to the judges to the staff to the contestants. It's an amazing set."

Moira's press conference celebrated her recent success as the first Filipino to be awarded as the most-streamed local artist of 2019 on Spotify.

The music video of Moira's song, "Tagpuan," also won the Mellow Music Video of the Year award in the recently-concluded MYX Music Awards 2019. The music video was directed by John Prats and it showed the actual footage of Jason Hernandez proposing to Moira.

Her collaboration with December Avenue for "Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw" was also hailed as the Collaboration for the Year in the same award-giving body.

At present, Moira is finishing her Braver album, and preparing for her major concert at the Araneta Coliseum this August 2019.

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