Regine Velasquez and Moira dela Torre have been confirmed as returning judges for the second season of Idol Philippines.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN announced that two new judges are joining them. Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda and Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano are set to join Regine and Moira in the reality singing competition.
Chito admitted that he was initially hesitant to say “yes” to becoming a judge of the show.
"Sabi ng wife (Neri Miranda) ko, 'You need to step out of your comfort zone.' The night before pa sabi ko, 'Magagalit ka ba if I say no?' Kasi I really didn't want to do it. Sabi niya, kinausap niya ako ng masinsinan. Sabi niya, 'Oo magagalit ako.' So here I am now," Chito quipped in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
PHILIPPINES! 🇵🇭 Sila ang bagong panel of judges na haharap sa hamon sa pagpili ng susunod na Idol!— Idol Philippines (@idolphilippines) May 20, 2022
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Meanwhile, according to Gary, he was really impressed by the auditionees of the show.
"Magagaling 'yung mapapa-ano ka talaga... pero kapag nakikita ko na pati si Chito na-aano, parang nagiging confirmation sa akin na ah magaling talaga 'tong kumakanta ngayon," Gary said in the same interview.
According to Regine, each of them has a role when it comes to judging.
"Kaming dalawa (pertaining to Gary) sa technicals. Si Chito kasi lagi niya sinasabi hindi ako magaling kumanta pero magaling 'yung tainga niya. Moira kasi all of them can relate to her and she's very good at relating talaga sa ating mga hopefuls," the Asia's Songbird relayed.
Fans online expressed their excitement about the show's second season.
PHILIPPINES! 🇵🇭 Meet our Idol Philippines Season 2 Judges — Mr. Gary Valenciano, Chito Miranda, Moira dela Torre, and Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid 💙🤍🎵#IdolPH2JudgesReveal#TheNextIdolPH pic.twitter.com/caB61FFvA4— Idol Philippines (@idolphilippines) May 20, 2022
"Excited for the new season of Idol Philippines and aspiring singers," one netizen said.
"Nakakatuwa na kasama si Chito, it's refreshing!" another netizen commented.
The first season of Idol Philippines premiered in April 2019.
Zephanie Dimaranan was declared as the winner of the first season.
The premiere date of the second season of Idol Philippines has yet to be announced.