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In Focus: Where Your Beloved Pinoy 'American Idol' Contestants Are Now

In Focus: Where Your Beloved Pinoy 'American Idol' Contestants Are Now

Now that the Top 10 Idol finalists have been revealed, the nation now waits in anticipation to find out who will be named the very first “Idol Philippines.” But long before the longest running singing competition in the US, American Idol, was reprised on Philippine TV, Filipinos have already impressed Randy Jackson, Paula Albdul, Simon Cowell, and their successors for their—#humblebrag—incredible talent. Some even went to winning a golden ticket to advancing to the final rounds!

But where are these idols now, you ask? Read on for an update!

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Brad Estirin

Brad was the first-ever Filipino to step on the American Idol stage, most remembered for his rendition of James Ingram's "Just Once." After being eliminated after making it to the Top 30, Brad has had a steady career in television, appearing shows such as In the Moment and The Fosters.

Jordan Segundo

Jordan appeared on the second season of American Idol and made it as fast as the Top 32. Following his exit from the show, Jordan has lived a fruitful life as a broadcast journalist, television host, as well as a professional singer, and actor. He recently became a weather anchor for the CBS13 Morning News, and an anchor/reporter for Good Day Sacramento, in California.

Camile Velasco

Makati-born singer Camile, better known as Eli-Mac nowadays, was one of the finalists on the third season, and is most remembered for her rendition of the chorus and bridge of The Fugees' "Ready Or Not." Camile made it all the way to the Top 9 before being eliminated. After leaving Idol, Camile went back to the Philippines to perform at a Christmas concert with Martin Nievera and has made numerous television appearances, performing with South Border, Billy Crawford, and several other local and international stars. Camile continues to release music, her latest single being “TRICKY ONE.”

Jasmine Trias

Jasmine was the first Pinay to become a runner-up on American Idol. After leaving the show with a Top 3 finish, her popularity grew immensely in the Philippines and has done television commercials and billboard ads for McDonald's, Smart Telecommunications, Hapee Toothpaste, and BENCH. She even appeared in The Black Eyed Peas’ music video of “Bebot,” where she played apl.de.ap’s sister. Nowadays, Jasmine still performs on various events and shows and is happily married to singer-songwriter Ben Stone.

AJ Tabaldo

AJ is the perfect example of the undying PInoy spirit, as it took him around five tries before he made it through to the show on season 6. His audition was not televised, but his performance of of Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” really stuck with viewers. He was later eliminated after reaching the Top 20. In 2012, AJ auditioned for another singing competition, this time in The X Factor Philippines. His most recent project was his role in the 2018 film The Other Side: Live Or Die

Renaldo Lapuz

This man has a special mention, despite not making it into the show, because he proved that passion goes a long way. At 44, Renaldo was the oldest to audition on American Idol, but astounded the judges not only with his eye-catching outfit for that day, but with his original song “Brothers Forever,” which got the judges singing and dancing along with him.

Ramiele Malubay

Ramiele would forever be remembered for her powerful vocals despite her petite stature. This Filipina born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia only got two “yeses” during her audition singing Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” but received raving reviews as she advanced through each round on the show. However, she was later eliminated after reaching the Top 9. Ramiele is currently a registered nurse and has recently tied the knot! 

Thia Megia

This talented musician appeared on the show's 10th season, where she impressed the judges with her rendition of "Chasing Pavements.” Thia was the youngest finalist to ever make the Top 13. After being eliminated, she has been a highly successful TV actress, appearing in “Totally Funny,” “Tails of the Blue,” and most recently, “Days of Our Lives.”

Jessica Sanchez

Probably the most talked-about Pinay finalist in Idol history, having “received six unanimous standing ovations for her competitive performances from the judges—four for solo performances, one for group performance, and one for duet.” She was also the recipient of the one-time “Judges Save,” and ultimately became the first runner in the 11th season of Idol. Since then, Jessica has had a steady career as a musician, having released one album and three EPs, and has collaborated with Grammy-award winning artist Ne-Yo. Their single, “Tonight,” has gained over 18 million views on YouTube. 

Malaya Watson

Malaya was the third youngest finalist to ever grace the Idol live finals stage. She auditioned for the 13th season of the show, singing "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin, which highly impressed the judges. Her powerful vocals got her through each stage until finally reaching the live finals. However, Malaya’s journey ended as she reached the Top 8. After her stint, she continues to create her own original music. 

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Photos taken from IMDB and from the subjects' Instagram accounts

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