Asia’s Got Talent third placer Gerphil Flores says she does not harbor ill feelings towards Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai delas Alas.
In 2010, the operatic singer (who was known back then as Fame Flores) made it to Pilipinas Got Talent but she was eliminated during the semi-finals.
The judges of ABS-CBN's reality talent search--Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Freddie Garcia--all voted for rival Sherwin Baguion over Gerphil.
Lately, users on social media have been criticizing Kris and Ai-Ai for their comments about Fame during her stint in Pilipinas Got Talent.
Back then, Kris told Fame (now known as Gerphil): "You have a beautiful face and a beautiful voice. Mag-aartista ka rin, alam namin. Pero sana kantahin mo rin ang age-appropriate because you're 19. Sana yung mga kanta ni Charice."
Ai-Ai also gave advice to the aspiring singer, "Yung makaka-relate yung mga batang ka-edad mo and makaka-relate ang mga bagets sa iyo."
The winner of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 1 turned out to be singer Jovit Baldivino.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE. For Gerphil, this is all water under the bridge.
In fact, the 24-year-old singer considers her loss in Pilipinas Got Talent as a blessing in disguise.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and YES! Magazine during the May 21 homecoming of Asia’s Got Talent finalists, Gerphil said that she understands why she was not chosen by the judges during that time.
“Nako, gusto ko nga pong ano e, matigil na po ‘yong issue na ‘yan kasi po sa totoo lang, hindi naman po nanggaling sa 'kin, wala po akong kinalaman don.
“Yung mga followers lang po siguro, hindi nila natanggap. Pero para po sa ‘kin, bilang sila, bilang mga hurado, they have their right to give out their opinions during the competition.
“At talagang nagpapasalamat po ako na ‘yong experience ko sa Pilipinas Got Talent ay napakamemorable, at talagang ang dami kong natutunan do’n.
“At gusto ko lang pong ma-ipamahagi ko sa kanila na wala po akong sama ng loob kay Miss Kris saka kay Miss Ai-Ai.
“Inisip ko po siya as a blessing in disguise kasi malamang kung naging successful po ako sa Pilipinas Got Talent, baka hindi na po ako naka-join dito sa Asia’s Got Talent.”
NOT MAKING IT. Gerphil feels glad to be part of the Top 3 of Asia's Got Talent.
She also takes pride in the fact that there were four Filipino acts who made it to the finals.
“Sobrang honored po ako. Noong hindi pa nga po na-a-announce ‘yong result, para po sa’ming apat na Pinoy, okay na po sa’min kahit anong maging resulta.
“Para sa’min as long as maka-abot kami sa grand finals at ni-represent namin ‘yong Philippines, masayang masaya na po kami do’n.”
Did she feel disappointed about losing in AGT?
“Ay no, not at all. In fact nagpapasalamat ako, basta Pinoy manalo masaya na 'ko, kahit sino basta Pinoy.”
Aside from her, there were three other Filipino acts who made it to the grand finals of Asia’s Got Talent: the dance group Junior New System (JNS), ten-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorado and shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra.
JNS and Gwyneth were eliminated during the first portion of the results night while El Gamma Penumbra emerged as the champion.
(VIEW PHOTOS: Asia's Got Talent won by El Gamma Penumbra)
During the announcement of the Top Two, Gerphil cried on stage when she was eliminated.
When asked to recall her emotional moment, she quipped: “Kasi nako, ay ‘yong El Gamma [Penumbra] may kasalanan niyan!
“Kasi noong in-announce ‘yon, sobra ‘yong bonding namin sa isa’t isa. ‘Di mo maiko-compare.
“Tapos no’ng in-announce nga po na di ako kasama sa top two, sila po ‘yong unang lumapit, pinalibutan nila ‘ko.
“Umiyak sila, siyempre ako na nag-iisa lang, at ang dami nila, na-carried away [na] rin po ako sa emotions.”
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