Filipina advances in ‘X-Factor’ Romania
A FILIPINA living in Bucharest, Romania participating in that country’s version of “The X Factor” has advanced to the duel round.
Bella Santiago, 28, who auditioned in September and got four “yeses” from the judges, sang a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, during the show’s 4-chair challenge on Friday.
Santiago, who hails from Dasmariñas, Cavite, rapped in Filipino during her performance, which was similar to KZ Tandingan’s rendition at a talent show in China earlier this year.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Tandingan called the performance “world-class” and told her fans to support Santiago during her run.
“Let us support our kababayan!” she wrote. “Stop comparing. Love our own.”
Santiago later thanked Tandingan in response to her Facebook post on Saturday, saying that she was her inspiration.
“You are one of my inspiration and lodi!” Santiago told Tandingan . “Once I saw your performance at the singing Contest in China, sobrang na-inspire mo ako. Jessie J is also one of my motivation! I love you even more hope to see you in person and have an autograph from you.”
Santiago’s grandmother and daughter are living in the Philippines and supported the singer.
“I worked very hard for them,” she tearfully said during the show. “And I am doing everything for them to give everything what they don’t have. Because when I was young, I did not have anything. I don’t even have time to play, because I have my grandmother because my mother left me there and my childhood is very trist (sad). And I am very thankful because God gave me a voice to use, because we don’t have money to go to school. I want to take my daughter to have a better life.”
The Filipino-Romanian singer said that she has not seen her daughter in two years.
Santiago participated in local talent shows Pinoy Pop Superstar and Philippine Idol. She also performed in Romania’s Got Talent. Earlier this year, she performed with Romanian band Jukebox with the song Auzi cum bate (Hear it beating) in an attempt to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, where she finished in fourth place. She moved to Romania with her boyfriend, after a career in Penang, Malaysia.