'Random girl' Zendee says she's a 'Chaster'

Posted at 11/10/12 12:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Zendee Rose Tenerefe only has good words for Charice, whose mom allegedly expressed dismay over "unfair" comparisons made between the two Filipina singing sensations.

"Doon ko nalang po nabasa sa internet, pero sa Twitter hindi ko po nabasa," Tenerefe told dzMM on Friday.

Tenerefe is referring to Raquel Pempengco, Charice's mother, who reportedly took to micro-blogging site Twitter to rant about observations that the "X Factor" judge has been upstaged by the more recent internet sensation.

Like Charice, Tenerefe earned widespread recognition after a video of her singing went viral on video-sharing site YouTube. And like the "Little Big Star" runner-up, Tenerefe also made her American television debut via "The Ellen DeGeneres show."

"Ano ba naman yang mga balita na 'yan," Pempengco's Twitter handle, KayeChaCarl, was quoted as saying early this month. "I-compare ang anak ko sa singer na kumanta lang eh taob na daw...nayakap lang taob na."

"'Di ba pwedeng mayakap muna sila ni Aling Oprah (Winfrey)? Ni Aling Celine (Dion)? At lumabas sa 'Glee'? At kumanta sa Madison (Square) Garden? At mapasama sa Chipmunks, maging top 4 sa BILLBOARD? Magkaroon ng 'Here Come's the Boom'? Bago itaob?" the Twitter account added, referring to Charice's high-profile projects in the United States.

Addressing the supposed tiff between her and Charice over the alleged "rant," Tenerefe said on Friday that she simply does not measure up to the achievements of the "X Factor" mentor.

"Wala naman po kasi [akong masasabi tungkol diyan]. Si Charice po kasi, ano na naman po 'yun talaga, kasi totoo naman po na iba na po talaga si Charice," Tenerefe said.

"Atsaka Chaster po ako eh, isa po ako sa mga tagahanga ni Charice," added Tenerefe, whose "X Factor Philippines" audition was the first time she met her idol.

"Chaster" is the term used by followers of Charice to identify themselves as her fans.

"Alam niya po 'yon," Tenerefe said, explaining that Charice knows of her being a fan. "Noong nag-join po ako sa 'X Factor' sinabi ko po mismo sa kanya."