MANILA — With her monumental transfer to ABS-CBN, Regine Velasquez also becomes part of the global “Idol” family, having been introduced as one of the judges of the franchise’s Philippine television revival.
Among Velasquez’s first projects as a Kapamilya is being part of the judging panel of “Search for the Idol Philippines,” set to debut on ABS-CBN in 2019.
“Search for the Idol Philippines” is the latest local iteration of the Fremantle-developed television format, made popular here by “American Idol,” where several Filipino singers earned their start in Hollywood.
Among them is Jessica Sanchez, runner-up of the 11th season of “American Idol” in 2012.
The 23-year-old Filipino-American, who has appeared numerous times on ABS-CBN’s “ASAP,” was delighted to hear of Velasquez’s transfer to the Kapamilya network, as well as her stint as a judge in “Search for the Idol Philippines.”
“I remember when I was a little bit younger, growing up, hearing Regine Velasquez singing — ‘Dang, this girl can sing!’ She is definitely a timeless Filipino singer, timeless artist. One of those legends in the Philippines.
“I’m very excited for her move to ABS-CBN. Congratulations to her. Congratulations on [being part] of ‘Idol.’ It’s super awesome for her. All the love to her. She’s still doing amazing things,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez was asked about Velasquez during a press conference for a concert event for the Filipino community in Guam, as seen in a video from talent manager Carlo Orosa.
“I hope to one day maybe performe with her!” Sanchez added.
In 2012, when Sanchez was competing in “American Idol,” Velasquez was vocal of her support for the then-neophyte singer, and even called on her fans based in the US to vote for her.