Tawag Ng Tanghalan mainstay Jaya did not think twice about defending the artists who will be part of the panel of judges in the highly-anticipated local reboot of Idol after getting asked about her thoughts about the decision of the showrunners to have them onboard.
Dismissing the idea that Idol Philippines will clash with It’s Showtime’s top-rating segment Tawag Ng Tanghalan, the resident hurado said: “I don’t think so. First of all, ang Tawag Ng Tanghalan ay daily. And we cover all of sorts of demographic ages. Although ang Idol may mag-a-audition din na iba’t-ibang genre—kung sino mga nag-a-audition sa amin. That’s the thing with competitions, maraming masasalihan. Sa amin, hindi naman pwedeng i-compare because they have four judges. Every weekends lang sila. Kami, daily. Iba rin ang na-i-ooffer ng TNT. So I would have to say let’s wait and see what Idol Philippines will offer. I’m pretty sure, with all the four judges, it’s going to be big time and great impact ‘yan,” she told the press during the presscon for her upcoming 30th anniversary concert Jaya: At Her Finest.
While she believes that opinions are to be respected, Jaya said it is unfair to judge them early on. Thus, she asked people to give them a chance by watching the show before giving out any form of judgment.
“Well, like what I said, kanya-kanya tayo ng opinyon. May mga taong hindi pa nga napapanood ay hinuhusgahan na. The bosses are very intelligent enough to pick the right judges for the show. Hindi nila ilalagay diyan kung walang gagawin. Kasi kailangan makita din ‘yung credentials ng artists na maghuhurado. Now, choice naman ng management ‘yan, choice naman ng mga boss. Bigyan muna natin ng chance na mag-air. Let’s watch, let’s see. Ngayon, kung talagang ayaw niyo, eh di ayaw niyo. Wala tayong magagawa. Ngayon, kung gusto niyo, kung bibigyan niyo lang ng tamang panahon at pagkakataon. Hintayin muna natin kasi wala pa nga eh. Lagi namang ganyan eh,” the 49-year-old singer stated.
Reiterating that having Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, James Reid, and Moira Dela Torre as judges was a perfect decision on the part of the showrunners, she said: “Tsaka si Songbird and si Vice ‘no? How can you go wrong? Tapos si James naman he’s also an entertainer, a performer. May backing din siya nang ginagawa niya sa buhay niya. Ito namang si Moira—she’s like the biggest artist now. How can you say she’s not credible as a judge? She writes songs, she performs. Eh inodownload niyo nga Spotify. Siya lahat. Ilang milyon ang nanonood sa kanya sa YouTube.”
Jaya also offered words of encouragement for fellow Cornerstone talent Moira Dela Torre who has been getting a lot of bashing for being the rawest among the four judges.
“You know? Knowing Moira masasaktan siya. Pero I would have to say she’s under one of the best managements around. Cornerstone will not let her go into this without taking care of her and making sure na talagang mawawala ‘yung sama ng loob niya. Kasi at the end of the day, it’s a job. You have the social media and the netizens that will make or break you. And for the most part, she is being broken. And she’ll know what to do. She knows exactly how to get out of that. My God, stay strong. No one can beat you down. Sa lahat ng nagawa mo, sa lahat ng naisulat mong kanta lahat naman sila sumising along diyan. There’s no way na kailangan mong patulan ‘yan. Kasi parte na talaga ng buhay natin. Just be strong. Do your thing, be a great judge, and just show them what you’ve got,” she said.
Meanwhile, Jaya’s 30th anniversary concert is happening at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila on April 3, 2019.