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KZ Tandingan named ‘X Factor Philippines’ grand winner

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KZ Tandingan

MANILA, Philippines—KZ Tandingan, a 20-year-old band vocalist from Digos City, Davao del Sur, burst into uncontrollable sobs after being declared grand winner of “The X Factor Philippines” Sunday night at the Pagcor Grand Theater in Parañaque City.

With her superb rendition of The Carpenters’ “Superstar” during the performance night last Saturday, the raspy-voiced singer won by a landslide, garnering 55.45 percent of the total text and online votes. She beat 19-year-old balladeer Gabriel Maturan and the all-male vocal harmony group Daddy’s Home, with 32.33 and 12.90 percent, respectively.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, KZ said that wining the reality talent search came as a complete surprise. “I wanted to win badly, but I didn’t expect anything. You can be the best singer, but if it’s not meant for you, then you can’t do anything about it. I just prayed and surrendered everything to God,” she said.

KZ, who almost lost her voice due to throat polyps during her high school days, added that her win proves that you don’t have to be a “biritera” to succeed in the music biz.

After sharing the winning moment with her family on stage, the singing champ fought back tears as she tried to give an encore of her winning piece.

Meanwhile, KZ’s mentor and X Factor judge Charice said she was overwhelmed by her student’s victory. “We were so shocked because we’re already conditioning ourselves for a second place finish,” she told the Inquirer. “I feel really proud. She’s such a smart performer.”

As the first winner of the local franchise of “X Factor,” KZ was handed a check worth P4 million and a recording contract with Star Music. Second placer Gabriel received P150,000, while Daddy’s Home won P50,000.

Asked what she’ll do with the prize money, KZ said she’ll donate P1 million to her local church in Digos City, which is in dire need of repairs.

The emotional results night reunited the three grand finalists with the rest of this season’s eliminated contenders. They all shared the stage with some of the most respected performers in the entertainment industry like Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Jovit Baldivino, April Boy Regino, as well as singer-comics Pooh and K Brosas.

The “X Factor” judges and mentors Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Pilita Corrales and Charice also took the stage.

The competition was hosted by KC Concepcion.

Originally posted: October 7, 2012 | 10:41 pm


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  • Arnold Pornea

    it’s not how you progress during the compettion. it’s how you do it during the finale. Congrats KZ!

  • drefaura

    The question I ask myself when I watch is always: Who entertained me most? Who added value to the performance that’s worth the money?

    Clearly, during the X-Factor final, who entertained the most and with value-added performance?
    I’d say, the champ has my vote too, if I were to vote.

  • http://twitter.com/Ysabel912 Ma. Ysabel

    Knock out na naman ang mga haters ni CHARICE…ahahaha… lalo lng sumisikat si Charice sa buong mundo..dumadami ang pera, nabibili ang lahat ng gusto tapos kaung mga pintasero at pintasera naghihkahos pa rin sa kahirapan dahil inuubos niyo ang mga oras niyo sa pagbabantay kung ano ang kulay ng buhok ni Charice, kung ano ang outfit , kung  paanomagsalita ng English..ahahah … shame on you losers!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/E42OFYRFB33JLV3IPPPFQWMSPU Kenji

    Between the 2 other finalists, I believe Kaz won it.  But what I cannot fathom is she is no. 1 among 20,000 auditionists (as the show claims) is a complete mystery to me. the quality of talents of X-factor are underwhelming.  So sad, because this is supposed to be a showcase of Filipino singing talent!  No Jessica or not even approximate Protege’s finalists.  Even the Bombastic singer was booted out…why?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHC53YIGXGA6TYEBFKDLFJ527U ronnie

    For me eversince, KZ has the x factor among all contenders! of course Gab also very good, i taught Gab will win kc he was never at the bottom 2 since top 12 has been chosen, Mark basa is also good kaya lang he was not lucky that night, anyways Congratulations to all top 12 and the rest of contestants who really tried thier best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dedel.d.hines Jamesdel Dilla Hines

     For me she has her own quality  of voice and style which is her great talent. I’m so proud of her being from Mindanao. She deserve to have a break to become famous.



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