Yes! After 3 AI seasons, another Filipino made it to the final 12! The last ones were of course Jasmine Trias and Camille Velasco, both from the 3rd season. But never did Pinoys cease to appear and make it on the show after that. Sharon Galvez, a former member of the now defunct singing group Smokey Mountain, made it to the top 50 on the 4th season. Jose “Sway” Penala was on 5th season’s top 24, and AJ Tabaldo just last season at the top 24 too. And now, we are so raving for RAMIELE MALUBAY!! (Pronounced as “mah-loo-bye”. Attention, Mr. Seacrest!) I do hope our girl would make it to the finale! And will eventually be the first Asian American Idol! I bet she’ll get all the support from millions of Pinoys all over the US. Just when you thought Idol had it’s all time low last year, the show got more exciting! Indeed it’s the most talented season, and a Pinoy is definitely in! Amazing!
But it’s not just all smiles for our 21 year old Florida belter. Just recently, racy pictures of her has been posted on the internet telling bad things about her. This is probably what Ryan Seacrest wants Ramiele to talk about after singing Against All Odds, asking what the inspiration is behind the song. But Ramiele won’t go there, she just plainly referred to it as some “stuff” in the past and that it’s TMTH. Clearly, it’s a case of what Pinoys would call “paninira”, a bad publicity, the last thing an Idol hopeful need. But to hell with that, and to those schemers! She has great talent, very promising and has the makings of an excellent artist. Issues like that are just part of being a star. Inggit lang sila!
Anyway, let’s just give in to the excitement of the show. I am in my utmost elation everytime I watch it, especially this season has the most talented batch. Aside from Ramiele, I would love to see David Archuleta on the finale. I love this kid! Never fails to amaze me. My other picks would be:
Too bad Asia’h Epperson got voted out! I believe she deserves to be at the top 5! Anyway, let’s just all wish them luck, especially Ramiele! This season’s top 12 offers much promise and they all deserve to be there, it will be just the votes that will make them stay longer in the competition.
So, to our girl Ramiele.. We will all be waiting for your more improved performances. Show the world how big Filipino talents are! You definitely make us proud! Ramiele, Mabuhay ka!