The X Factor UK finalist Alisah Bonaobra revealed that it was actually a fan who suggested that she audition for the international singing search.
The Filipina singer revealed this during her December 21 guest appearance in Magandang Buhay.
Alisah said, "Ibinigay niya yung audition link sa akin. Tapos sabi ko try lang, kasi wala po kaming pamasahe.
"Tapos 'yon, almost 175 nurses sa UK na friend ni Mama sa pinagtitindahan niya ang nagbigay sa amin ng contributions."
Alisah admitted that the X Factor UK journey was not easy for her.
"Sobrang hirap, lalo na noong live shows, kasi ako na lang yung natitirang Filipino.
"So talagang lahat ng mata nila nakatingin sa akin at sinasabi nila, 'Sige nga, tingnan natin hanggang saan ang kaya mo.'
"Yung English pa lang po sobrang hirap ng intindihin."
In fact, the hardest part of her journey was when Simon Cowell decided to eliminate her during the boot camp.
She was very thankful to judge Nicole Scherzinger for giving her another chance in the competition.
She elaborated, "Yung time na 'yon, sobrang hindi ko ini-expect kasi yung nakikita sa camera ay sobrang hirap i-explain.
"Noong time na yon, hindi ko ini-expect na bibigyan pa niya ako ng chance kung hindi po talaga umakyat si Nicole para i-please siya na deserve kong maka-go through.
"Talagang sinabi ko na hindi pa ako pwedeng umuwi. Kasi after noong audition, yun na yung next. So parang sobrang bilis naman po.
"Sa lahat na nag-contribute, parang utang ko sa kanila lahat. Kung iisipin ko po na hindi ko ginalingan at ganoon na lang po ako kadali natanggal, parang hindi ko po talaga tanggap."
After she was given a second chance in the competition, Alisah eventually joined the sing-offs and live shows.
On November 12, 2017, Alisah's The X Factor UK journey ended after she was the sixth act to get eliminated due to having the least number of public votes.
Now that she's back in the Philippines, Alisah wishes to hone her talent in her own country.
"After The X Factor, na-enjoy ko po talaga yung camera, yung mga taong nai-inspire ko.
"Parang ayaw ko lang pong tumigil kumanta. Gusto ko pong kumanta sa TV at hopefully ay mabigyan ng career."
Prior to her The X Factor UK stint, Alisah was hailed first runner-up in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines. She was also part of the musical Rak of Aegis.