'A star is born' in Digos on 'X Factor ' week 3
MANILA, Philippines -- Kristine Zenny "KZ" Tandingan, a singer from Digos, Davao del Sur, stole the limelight on the fourth week of "The X Factor Philippines" with her version of the classic "Over the Rainbow."
Tandingan started singing as a young girl but had to stop when she was in third year high school after she suffered from a throat problem.
She received a standing ovation from the show's four judges Charice, Pilita Corrales Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano and was even requested to sing again. She obliged with A1's "Ready Or Not," where she also showed her skills in rapping.
"I have only one question: 'Pwede ba akong mag-front act sa concert mo? Because a star is born in Digos," Nievera said.
"Tito Martin, gusto mong mag-front act? Pwede mo akong maging guest," Charice asked Tandingan.
"Ako pwede akong maging back-up singer," said Corrales.
"Basta ako maging direktor. You always got me speechless dahil sa ginawa mo. Originality nandoon, boses nandoon, you have it all actually," Valenciano said.
Tandingan also created a stir among netizens with her audition video uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube, which was viewed more than 270,000 times.
Maricel Callo, a mother of three and who's married to a gay man, also received a standing ovation from judges after her performance of "I Am Changing" from the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."
The other contestants who are through to the next round are:
John Peter Calimbon, 25, who sang Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely."
The all-girl group The Colors, who performed Lady Gaga's "Telephone."
The gay singing group Ladivadings, with their version of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep."
Michael Pangilinan, 16, who performed Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight."
Band vocalist Ariel Barnacia, 27, who performed APO Hiking Society's "Doo Bidoo."
Cris Lyn Rotor, 21, a band vocalist from General Santos City, who sang Jessie J's "Mamma Knows Best. "
Band vocalist Joan Da, 26, who performed Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me."
Recent college graduate Patrick Perez, 21, who sang Ne-Yo's "So Sick."
Abigail Mendoza, 23, who sang Heart's "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You."
Student Monique Lualhati, 21, who sang the Broadway classic "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess."
Boy band Y-Fi, who took on Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing."
Singer Aries Ray Sales, 24, who sang The Beatles' "Come Together."
Businessman Walton Zerrudo, 28, who performed Eric Clapton's "Change The World."
Band vocalist Carlson Dan Billano, 29, did "Iris" from the Goo Goo Dolls.
Vocal group West Track Boys also wowed both judges and fans as they performed "This I Promise You" by the boy band 'N Sync. Aside from getting four yesses, the group members also got a kiss from judge-mentor Corrales.