TV host-actress KC Concepcion and "X Factor Philippines" grand winner KZ Tandingan have stood up against Charice's haters online.
After achieving international fame, Charice has been accused of becoming swell-headed and "Americanized"—a malicious perception that KC disproved via "Kris TV" on Monday.
According to KC, Charice is down-to-earth and funny.
"Actually kalog siya lalo na 'pag nagjo-joke in Tagalog. Kasi Pilipina naman talaga si Charice. Hindi naman niya nakakalimutan 'yung Filipino roots niya, as opposed to what people think," she said.
The "X Factor Philippines" host went on to relate how dedicated Charice was during the competition. The former recalled that for the past three months, the 20-year-old singer would fly to the States every week to attend to her engagements there, then back to Manila in time for the "X Factor" preparations and shows.
"Sobra kaya sa pagka-committed kaya 'yon, if you have to fly back and forth. Talagang parang hindi [na] niya alam 'yung time zone niya," KC added.
Charice was a hands-on mentor to her group—the girls, composed of KZ, Allen Sta. Maria, and Jerrianne Mae Templo—and she herself created the arrangements for their songs on the show.
"Siya mismo 'yung kumakanta ng demo namin… So… gumagawa po sila ng arrangement, tapos from that arrangement, ang ginagawa ko po, binabago ko na lang 'yung vocals niya," KZ said.
Having open communication apparently strengthened the bond between Charice and her team.
"Dati pa naman po nagi-email na kami. Tapos nung last two weeks na hindi na siya bumalik ng Amerika, until nung nag-grand finals, nagte-text-text po kami," KZ related.
And while KZ did not expect to bag the coveted title during the final results night on Oct. 7—this, in spite of being an early favorite—Charice believes the 21-year-old Davao native deserves the title.
In a taped interview aired on "Kris TV," Charice lauded KZ for being an "all-in-one" package, and a humble, talented individual.
"KZ is actually very beautiful. 'Yung beauty niya is not common. You can't just see that anywhere else. So I'm very proud and I'm very happy na I actually got to mentor her," said Charice.
She then directed to KZ, "I always tell you that I'll always be here for you, and I mean it. Kahit hindi ako with you physically, lahat ng kailangan mo, if you need anything, I'm here and I'll always be your mentor and your friend. Congratulations. Umpisa pa lang 'to. Don't give up."
Interestingly, KZ's victory in "X Factor" fulfilled not just her dream of proving people that the music industry is not just for pretty or handsome singers and power belters, but apparently, her father's vow of donating P1 million to their church, Jesus Is Lord Ministries International, for the construction of a sanctuary in their prayer mountain in Digos as well.
By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ