She may not have secured a place in the finals of "Singer 2018," but she did get to sing with one of her biggest idols, Jessie J.
The British pop star tapped KZ Tandingan to perform "Bang Bang" with her for the Chinese show's episode Friday night.
"Feeling ko ako na iyong nanalo," said Tandingan in her interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe before she headed to China.
Her huge smile told everyone that the rare experience was worth more to her than any trophy or cash prize.
Tandingan is a self-confessed Jessie J fan, who previously opened up about how the "Price Tag" hitmaker had a profound influence on her developing an adventurous and experimental musical style.
She explained: "Iyong ma-meet ang isa sa mga pinakamalaking influence sa music mo, iba iyon. Iyong makasama mo siya sa kompetisyon, iba iyon. Pero iyong makasama mo siya mag-perform, iyon ang pinakamalaking blessing."
Tandingan shared that she got the call from Jessie J just days before the episode's scheduled taping date. Luckily, she already knew "Bang Bang" by heart, as it was one of the songs she would usually suggest to cap off her concerts with fellow Divas singers.
"Kabisado ko na iyon. Kalaban ko na lang ngayon ang aking kaba," she quipped.
Jessie J is one of the grand finalists of "Singer 2018," China's top singing contest. Tandingan, the only Filipino contestant, was eliminated on March 16.
She was presented with a second chance at the finals, but her heartfelt rendition of Freddie Aguilar's "Anak," which included Mandarin translations, failed to garner enough votes.