An Indian student made a big impression on the second episode of the latest reality-singing programme to debut on Philippine television.
Addy Raj, who moved from New Delhi to Manila to study for a university degree, impressed the judges and live audience of I Love OPM, a new reality show on which foreign singers compete against each other in performing Filipino songs.
On Sunday’s episode, Raj sang Hinahanap-hanap Kita (I Yearn for You), which was a hit for young crooner Daniel Padilla.
“Welcome – it’s great that you’ve moved to the Philippines,” said celebrity judge Lani Misalucha. “You know us Filipinos – we always welcome our visitors with open arms.”
Fellow judge Toni Gonzaga said: “You can definitely be a celebrity here. I was actually distracted by your good looks, and for a while there was not even listening to your voice. You’re a total package.”
Martin Nievera, considered one of the country’s most popular performers, told Raj: “You’re very comfortable on stage.”
Presented by Anne Curtis and Eric Nicolas, I Love OPM is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays in the Philippines.