Sunday, February 11, 2018

KZ Tandingan's Official Interview After Beating Jessie J in Singer 2018!

Kristine Zhenie Lobrigas Tandingan (born March 11, 1992), mononymously known as KZ, is a Filipino singer. She rose to prominence following her win on the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012.

On January 7, 2013, Tandingan entered the Himig Handog contest with the song entry called "Scared To Death", written by Domingo Rosco Jr. The song was accompanied with a music video that was assigned as a project to be directed by University of Santo Tomas and premiered on the 2nd of February in Myx Philippines. She performed the song in the grand finals on February 24, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Overall, the song finished in 4th place and was the third runner-up for Best P-pop Love Song thus rewarding the writer of Tandingan's song one hundred thousand pesos in cash. On April 21, 2013, she toured across North America as a supporting act for pop band Side A. On May 2, 2013, Tandingan released her self-titled debut album. The album was produced by Jonathan Manalo and consists of mainly original songs with some covers. On June 27, 2013, she officially launched the album on Makati City.

On January 11, 2014, Tandingan won ₱1,000,000 in The Singing Bee where she accumulated 4 straight songs correctly. In the show, she did not make a single error in the first 2 rounds and eventually won a tie-breaker against co-contestants Frenchie Dy and Sitti, who also did not commit any errors throughout the game. The following year, she was announced as one of the eight contestants for the second season of Your Face Sounds Familiar along with Myrtle Sarrosa, Sam Concepcion, Cacai Bautista, Kean Cipriano, Denise Laurel, Michael Pangilinan and Eric Nicolas. The show ran from September 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015. and she was the 3rd runner-up. Tandingan was then announced as one of the celebrity mentors in We Love OPM in 2016, being the mentor of Team O Diva. The show ran from May 14, 2016 to July 17, 2016. She is currently seen in ASAP, as one of the ASAP Soul Sessions with Jason Dy, Daryl Ong, Jay R and Kyla.

On Friday's episode of "Singer 2018," Tandingan delivered her own rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." She put her own spin on the song by adding a Tagalog rap verse in the middle.

It earned her the top spot in this week's rankings on the show, a place above Jessie J.

The "Price Tag" hitmaker conceded that Tandingan was a worthy winner, giving her a hug just as the results were announced.

The Pinay singer shared the story of how hearing Jessie J inspired her when she was about to give up on her dreams: "Who I am as an artist now, a big chunk of that is because of you."

Following her win, Filipino fans were quick to praise Tandingan on social media. She was one of the most talked-about topics on Twitter late Friday.

Watch KZ's full interview here after being on the top spot in this week's rankings on the show, a place above Jessie J.

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