MANILA -- Veteran singer-host Martin Nievera is happy for his former wife Pops Fernandez, who will be part of the upcoming American talent show "The World's Best."
The show, which will feature talents across the globe, including the Philippines' TNT Boys, will premiere on February 3 on CBS.
Fernandez will be part of the 50 "Wall of the World" global experts in the field of entertainment, along with the three main judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill, and RuPaul Charles.
"I'm very, very proud. I want the whole country to know how proud I am and how proud we should be that in 'The World's Best' talent search, this is the first of its kind. It's not anymore the best in America, the best in the UK, the best in the Philippines; these are the best talents in the world," Nievera said in an interview on Tuesday at a press conference for his Valentine's Day concert "Timeless Classics" with Lani Misalucha at the Philippine International Convention Center on February 14.
"Pops was chosen to represent the Philippines as one of the 50 experts from around the world."
Nievera revealed that the producers of the much-awaited talent show really wanted to include an expert from the Philippines.
"I know for a fact that the producers of 'The World's Best' said kailangan na kailangan may Filipino na expert and they chose Pops. I think it's a perfect choice," he said.
According to Nievera, he was actually also considered to be part of the global experts of "The World's Best."
"They have a whole list of people nachoices. So I went on FaceTime audition, which I've never done, and they asked me these questions and I was just being myself... I gave my schedule and it just so happened that every day of the taping for the show I have concert in different cities. So I tried to get out of my commitment but it was too late. ...So this is what happened," Nievera said.
Nievera said he was asked if there's anyone else he knows who could take on the role.
"I said Pops Fernandez, and he says, 'My God, she's also on the list. How do you know her?' And I said, 'How do I know her? Well we have two kids.'
"They actually said, 'Can you both do it.' They want us both to be there as judges. I said, 'I really, really cannot.' So they spoke to Pops straight and they were able to fix her schedules so that she can be there," Nievera narrated.
"The funny thing is I always wanted that. When I talk about being international, I always wanted that break and was so fixated about that so much so that I actually lost Pops and the kids ...because I was so hungry for fame, international fame. And finally here it is and whom do I gave it to? The person I lost. That's God saying, 'Ah ganun, here, give it to Pops," Nievera said.
Nievera said that he's really proud and rooting for Fernandez, who was described in the CBS webste as "music icon."
"Lahat tayong mga artista sa Philippines, marami tayong titles. So maganda 'yon, maganda 'yung sinabi nilang icon, Philippine icon," he said.