Moira dela Torre admitted that there was tension between her and Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez but it was quickly resolved.
The issue between the two Idol Philippines judges sparked after they had an argument about auditionees having the “same sound” in one episode of the show.
Dela Torre, in an interview with Boy Abunda, admitted that there was tension between her and Velasquez, but it was only for a quick moment.
“Parang may tension [between you and Regine], was it for real?” Abunda asked, to which dela Torre replied, “Opo.”
The “Malaya” singer, however, clarified that she’s on good terms with Velasquez.
“What happens on the table, stays on the table. The moment we stand up, okay na kami,” she explained.
Dela Torre added that she understood what Velasquez was trying to point out in the episode.
“Yung pinanggalingan lang ni mama Reg was ayaw niya na may kapareho akong boses kumbaga ang sinasabi niya is alam niya pag binabago ng isang tao yung boses niya, or kung natural yung boses niya, na ganon talaga,” she told Abunda.
“I just wanted to defend the artist na napagsabihan ng ganon kasi alam ko kung gaano kahirap hanapin yung boses mo na sobrang komportable ka to express yourself enough,” dela Torre added.
Velasquez, during the May 5, 2019 episode of Idol Philippines, expressed her frustration with aspirants having the same singing style.
“My problem is you guys have the same sound to me, you all sound the same. I know that it’s current, but you sound the same. The thing is I know that you’re making this sound, it’s not something that you’re born with. You make the sound, it’s the tone that you make,” Velasquez told auditionee Leann Ganzon.
“I was explaining to Moira, it comes naturally to Moira, it comes naturally for other people like her, but for some, it’s not. We already have Moria, we have Yeng, it’s the same sound, but like I said, maganda naman yung pinakita mo, I’m just a little frustrated because it’s the same sound,” the diva commented.
Dela Torre, for her part, said she had the same struggle when she was still starting, adding that her songs had the same sound until she brought it to a studio.
Velasquez then explained to dela Torre that her complaint was about the “voice” and not the “genre.”
“It’s the singing style, it’s the way you curl your tongue when you sing, you make it airy and it’s all the same,” Velasquez said.