Pinoy singer snubbed by 'American Idol' Fil-Am finalist

By BOY VILLASANTA, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Apr 02 2009 03:27 PM | Updated as of Apr 02 2009 11:32 PM

Aeon Records’ recording artist and Filipino-American singer Shane Ortiz said she had a bittersweet encounter with a compatriot at the United States airport.

According to Ortiz, she was at the Florida Airport in Orlando, Florida late last year when she saw “American Idol” finalist Ramiele Malubay, a Filipino-American.

“My first reaction of course was excitement. Imagine, I saw for the first time one kababayan who’s famous all over the world. So I purposely went to her direction. She was with her American boyfriend but still I was determined to at least have a photo taken with her,” shared Ortiz.

Ortiz, who was alone at that time, was ready with her digital camera.

“I approached her and asked for a picture taking. But all of a sudden, Ramiele turned around. She dragged her boyfriend away and I was left alone. What could I do? She just left me without a word,” recalled the 18-year-old daughter of a Filipino cosmetologist and a Filipino bio-chemical engineer from Chicago. 

Ortiz, however, clarified that she doesn’t hold any grudge against her kababayan. She’s  optimistic that Malubay will grant her wish the next time around.

“I don’t bear grudge against her. Maybe she wasn’t in the mood to pose with me or something. But I will still seek her photo out,” said Ortiz.

Meanwhile, Ortiz shared that she initially planned to audition for “American Idol” but eventually forgo it.

“Most of the auditions were held far away from my place so it’s kinda hard for me to go and see,” she said.

She is happy that she is being given the chance to shine in the Philippines and to share her music with her fellow Filipinos.

“I am able to revive Manilyn Reynes’ ‘Mr. Disco’ and that’s quite an accomplishment on my part,” she said with a smile.

She even admitted Reynes is one of her singing idols aside from Regine Velasquez.