MANILA - Jasmine Trias was the very first Filipino to make it to the top 3 of “American Idol.”
Although she did not win its third season, her journey on the show was widely followed by Filipinos all over the world that she became even more popular after her “American Idol” stint.
In a Facebook Live interview with Monster RX 93.1 on Wednesday, Trias looked back on that whole experience that marked the beginning of her career.
“Growing up in a Filipino household, you have music all around you. There’s always karaoke parties every weekend. Music has always been a big part of my life and any kind of musical outlet I could get myself involved in, I was a part of,” she said.
When “American Idol” held auditions in Hawaii, Trias said it was such a big deal that almost everyone in the island tried their luck. And since she was a big fan of the show, Trias thought this might be her chance.
“I auditioned. One thing led to another. I kept making every round. I was just kind of in shock almost. I was actually making it. It’s been such a whirlwind,” she said.
Trias said she was so young at that time that it was hard for her to take it all in.
“Now I’m kind of in retrospect looking back, that was pretty cool. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always been passionate about music, always been passionate about singing. It’s been such a big part of my life for sure,” she said.
To this day, Trias confessed that she still cannot believe how her life has panned out.
“I just have to say that on my journey on ‘American Idol,’ I was so young then. It was more of a personal journey for me. Now, the older I get, the more I realize that it was much bigger than me. I was carrying the Filipino flag. I’ve never been prouder to be Filipino,” she said.
Recalling the time she visited the Philippines after her “American Idol” stint, she said: “It just blew my mind. I remember landing at the airport, my dad was with me at the time. When I left the airplane to just walk out into the airport, there were cameras and lights everywhere. I was kind of scared at first because I wasn’t expecting it.”
Although it was a bit of a shock for her, Trias said it was great that she was able to go to the Philippines at that time to “discover my roots and experience the culture firsthand.”
Fast forward to present time, Trias said she’s grateful to have had the support of Filipinos worldwide and it’s because of them that she’s able to do the things she loves now.
While she sees her whole “American Idol” experience positively, Trias said it taught her that life is all about the journey and not about the destination.
“During ‘Idol,’ looking back, it was such a stressful time. As I said, I was thinking back on it and I think part of me didn’t really get to enjoy it as much as I should have because everything was happening so fast,” she said.
“I was so young trying to deal with something so big. So now that I am older, I just appreciate the moments of just being on stage and just appreciating it and taking it all in and remembering it,” she added.
When asked what advice she would give her 16-year-old self which was the age she joined the competition, Trias said: “I would have told myself that everything was gonna be okay.”
“I think I was just so stressed. I felt so much pressure. I just felt that so much was expected of me that pressure was really getting to me. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to about it. I was internalizing a lot of it because I didn’t know how to express it and communicate it at that time. I would just like to tell myself, ‘Hey, look at this opportunity. It’s amazing. Enjoy it. Have fun. You’re 16, don’t worry. People will give you a pass because you’re 16,’” she explained.
Towards the end of her interview, Trias gave a heartfelt message to her fans.
“Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat sa suporta. Sana makabalik ako sa Pilipinas. Sana magkita tayo ulit. Just thank you all so much for your support. It’s really meant the world to me,” she said.
“I will continue to represent for the Filipinos everywhere. I will continue to carry the Filipino flag wherever I go. Just thank you so much for your support because without it I would not have been able to pursue my dreams and do what I love to do. It’s been such an amazing ride. I am just so proud to be Pinoy. I truly am. I will forever be grateful. Maraming-maraming salamat po and mahal ko kayong lahat,” she added.