X Factor contestants defend mentor Charice

She’s only being true to herself.

“The X Factor Philippines” contestants Allen Sta. Maria and KZ Tandingan defended their mentor Charice from those who criticized her new image and hairstyle in the show.

“Sa amin masakit kasi bakit kailangan mong i-judge ang isang tao kung saan siya masaya? Siguro kung saan na lang siya masaya. Pero 'yun pong nangyayari sa kanya na iyon, nagiging lesson sa amin yon kasi sinasabi niya kung saan ka magiging masaya, saan ka maggu-grow, gawin mo iyon,” Allen said at the press presentation of “X Factor Philippines” Top 6 finalists in ABS-CBN compound on Friday, September 14.
KZ added that Charice’s new hairstyle also caught her by surprise. But she thinks what matters is that Charice is happy with the way she looks.
“Dati parang iba yung porma ni Charice. Pero sabi po niya, iyon ang nagpapasaya sa kanya. Sa amin, kahit hindi naman ganoon yung way namin ng pananamit, pero kung iyon ang magpapasaya sa kanya (okay lang),” KZ said.

See gallery: Charice through the years

Despite the flak she’s getting, KZ and Allen agree Charice remain unfazed and gives her best in mentoring them.
“Siyempre po, masakit din na naririnig namin na parang bina-bash siya o may sinasabi sa kanya ng masama. Mentor namin siya. Hindi na lang namin pinapansin kasi as a mentor ginagawa niya ang dapat niyang gawin kahit hindi kami laging nagkakasama. She makes it a point na gumawa ng demo namin para magkaroon kami ng arrangement,” KZ said.
The two girls denied they’re trying to mimic Charice’s performance. KZ and Allen stress that Charice guides them, but they add a personal touch to their performance.
“Kasi yung performance ko last time, ako nag-suggest lahat, na medyo sayaw. Pati yung mga damit ko rin, inapprove naman niya. Wala namang gayahan na nangyayari,” Allen insisted.
Mysterious Charice

KZ and Allen still find Charice “mysterious” even if they’ve been working together for months.” Unlike mentor-judges Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, who hang out more often with their respective contestants, KZ and Allen said they seldom meet Charice. But the international singer makes sure she gives KZ and Allen the best pieces of advice.

“Mysterious kasi kapag nag-uusap kami. Hindi namin madaling masasabi kung anong masasabi niya, yung tunay niyang nararamdaman. Hindi kami madalas magkasama. Pero kapag nagkikita kami, kinakamusta naman niya kami,” Allen revealed.
Allen and KZ are competing for the top 3 slot, together with other four finalists Jeric Medina from Paranaque, Gabriel Maturan of Dapitan City, Kedebon Colim of Cebu, and Daddy's home composed of Allan Silonga, Herbert Silonga, Eric Dacanay, and Jerome Icatar.
Gary, Martin, fellow mentor Pilita Corrales and host KC Concepcion urge viewers to vote for their favorite contestants.
"The X Factor Philippines" will air its finale in ABS-CBN on October 6 (performance night) and October 7 (results night).


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