International singing sensation Charice Pempengo returns to the country to be one of the judge-mentors of the biggest singing-reality competition “The X Factor Philippines.”
Charice joins the Concert King, Martin Nievera, and Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano, in searching and training the next singing superstar to hit the local music scene.
The 19-year-old singer came a long way from being a runner-up in ABS-CBN’s 2005 singing competition “Little Big Star.” Her YouTube video, viewed by more than one million netizens worldwide, catapulted her to international stardom which paved way for her to guest in hit US talk shows Oprah, Ellen, and Good Morning America and share a duet with world-renowned music icons Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and Josh Groban.
She also made her first acting stint on US television via hit musical-drama “Glee.” Charice was also part of the David Foster and Friends concert tour by her mentor David Foster and just recently, she performed in various countries with her Infinity world tour. With her experience as a certified international music artist, Charice will find another Pinoy talent that can be the next big star in the music industry.
“The X Factor” is a world-renowned musical franchise by Simon Cowell that started in the UK. ABS-CBN bagged the exclusive rights to localize the program with KC Concepcion as host. The show will also give away the biggest prize for a talent search in the history of Philippine TV. Who will be the last judge-mentor to complete the panel, joining Gary, Martin, and Charice in the show?
Well, ABS CBN recently announced that the final Judge Mentor for the X Factor is none other than Asia’s Queen of Song Ms. Pilita Corrales.
With over 135 albums to her credit and an international profile with many appearances across the world, Corrales definitely has the most experience to spot the “X factor” among hopefuls who will audition in front of her in the coming weeks.
Corrales has performed alongside internationally acclaimed artists like Sammy Davis Jr., Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews.
She also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to win in an international music festival by bagging the Best Performer Award during the 1st Tokyo Music Festival.
Corrales once had a Kapamilya show “An Evening with Pilita,” which aired on ABS-CBN from 1965 to 1972 and is considered one of the benchmarks in Philippine broadcasting history.
So that’s it, Pilita Corrales completes the list of judge-mentors in country’s biggest singing-reality competition.