Kim Chiu does not seem to be affected by comments comparing her dancing prowess with that of her good friend Maja Salvador.
ABS-CBN’s Sunday variety show, ASAP Natin To, has tagged Kim as "Queen of the Dance Floor," a title with which it once crowned Maja.
The former Kapamilya actress is now part of Brightlight Productions and CS Studio’s Sunday Noontime Live (SNL), a variety show on TV5 to rival ASAP.
On SNL’s pilot episode on October 18, Maja rocked the stage with her sexy gyrations at the same time that Kim galvanized ASAP with her rousing dance moves.
Their elecrifying performances sparked a debate on Twitter as to who between Kim and Maja was more deserving of the “Queen of the Dance Floor” title.
Asked for her reaction to fans pitting her against Maja, Kim instead praised her friend, “Si Maja, sobrang sobrang good friends kami."
She further stressed, "Ang dami naming pinagdaanan, di ba? Kaya sobra iyong bond namin together.”
She did not expound on what she meant by “pinagdaanan,” but it may be recalled that Kim had a falling out with Maja in 2013 when the latter became involved with her ex-boyfriend, Gerald Anderson.
Maja and Gerald subsequently broke up in 2015, which led to her and Kim rekindling their friendship a few months later.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed Kim via Zoom during her solo bloggers’ conference for U-Turn on October 24.
Kim told PEP.ph she only found out about Maja’s inclusion in SNL days before the TV5 show’s pilot episode.
She said, “Noong nabalitaan ko, at first, nagulat ako. Hindi ko nalaman iyon kaagad, nalaman ko lang siya noong malapit na silang umere.
“Ayun, nag-message kami, nag-video call kami and ayun naman.”
To silence the fans who are pitting her against Maja, Kim said she has always been a fan of Maja’s craft as a dancer from way back.
That was way before Kim entered showbiz, during the time of the Ultimate Dance Four (UD4) on ASAP composed of Maja, Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, and John Prats.
Kim clarified, “Sa mga fans na kina-clash, pinag-aaway kami or kinukiwestiyon nila iyong title na binigay ng ASAP, queen naman talaga si Maja.
“Kasi, hindi pa ako artista, nilu-look up ko na talaga sila nila Shaina, UD4 pa lang! John Prats, Rayver, Shaina, Maja pa lang!”
She then remembered saying during her Pinoy Big Brother audition in 2006, “Gusto ko pong makita si Maja Salvador at Shaina Magdayao!
“Ayun pa iyong sinabi ko noon, so nilu-look up ko talaga si Maja.
“And then, kung queen man ang pag-uusapan, queen din naman siya kahit saan siya magpunta.
“So, queen of the dance floor din siya doon sa SNL, so win-win situation.”
Kim said she has long ceased to be affected by comments of bashers.
Her point, “Basta ginagawa lang namin nang maayos iyong production number namin, and nag-e-enjoy naman kami sa mga ginagawa namin and iyong mga fans namin.
“The people who truly support us, nag-e-enjoy talaga sila sa ginagawa namin.”