Singer Moira dela Torre responded to criticism from some viewers of "Idol Philippines," saying that she has the credibility to judge a talent search.
Dela Torre, one of the brightest prospects of today's OPM scene with her heartfelt acoustic pop, is one of the judges of the contest alongside Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, and James Reid.
The panel faced backlash for turning down aspiring reggae singer, Luke Baylon. Dela Torre was one of the judges who said no.
“You know, they are always entitled to their own opinion," she said of the criticisms. "At the end of the day, it was my listeners who placed me in this kind of position."
"There are people who don't like me but I know there are people who still love me so as long as I know people who love me know, I'm credible to be there," she added.
She said she was deeply "hurt" by it, acknowledging that she has a lot to learn as a judge.
"May constructive criticism at may mga criticism na tinatago nila sa constructive criticism," she claimed. "At the end of the day, constructive criticism should build people up and inspire not bring them down. And there are so many unnecessary comments."
"I take the constructive criticism to heart, and alam naman nila po and amindo naman ako that I have so much to improve. As a judge, sobrang mahiyain ko po kasi.
"So 'pag may energy ako, nagmumukha akong OA. Kasi hindi ako 'yun. But I'm improving, I know I'll get better but I know that in the last 11 years in the industry, I deserve this spot."
Of her decision to say no to Baylon, she reasoned: "I really, really liked him but I just feel like ang dami pa po kasing contestants."
She also said: "Luke was great but I know that he is going to have his own moment. Kung may naniniwala po sa second chances, ako po ‘yun. Kasi ako naman po hindi ako pumasa sa Live Rounds."
Dela Torre was referring to her stint on "The Voice Philippines" back in 2013, where she failed to win.
"God has different ways of telling our stories. Who I was five to six years ago, ngayon lang nag-boom ‘yung career ko. And I really believe that Luke has his own story to tell."