MANILA, Philippines - Teen-ternational housemate James Reid defended himself against critics who believe he does not deserve to be the grand winner of "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010" because he is not a pure Filipino.
In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Reid, tagged as The Dashing Dude from Australia, said he has proven his worth inside the country's most popular house, as did his fellow housemates.
"Yeah I went through a lot in the Pinoy Big Brother's house. The people who voted for me said I was deserving of the title and Big Brother helped me to believe that I'm deserving of the big title," Reid said.
Reid who hails from Sydney, Australia said he respects people's opinion especially that of the minority who are against him.
"Everyone has his own opinion but give me a chance to prove myself and to show that I can be a true Filipino," he said.
Reid added he may not be a pure Filipino by blood, but stressed he is a Filipino at heart.
"I have the morals, the values. I'm learning the culture, the language. I will be learning definitely," Reid said.
The 16-year-old grand winner bared he will be staying in the country for maybe a year and a half to try showbiz.
Asked if he already has a crush in showbiz whom he wants to work with, Reid replied: "Yeng Constantino."
Reid, a dual citizen, was proclaimed last Sunday the Teen Big Winner of "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010" at the grand finals dubbed "Unite at the Big Night" at the Yñares Sports Center in Rizal.
He got 19.75 percent of the total votes. Reid was followed by Ryan Bang (18.7%), Fretzie Bercede (15.99%), Devon Seron (15.74%), Ivan Dorschner (15.14%), and Bret Jackson (14.68%) in one of the closest races ever in PBB history.
Reid almost got evicted in the weeks leading to the finals due to a medical condition.
As grand winner, Reid won P1 million cash, a condo unit worth P3 million, a water-refilling franchise worth P1.5 million, an Asian trip for two, a 46-inch LCD television and a laptop.
'PBB Clash of 2010'
The whole country witnessed many firsts in this season's PBB. For the first time, there were teen housemates from other countries, and six, not four, housemates qualified for the Big Night finals.
The competition began with housemates living in two houses, the Villa and the Apartment. The Villa housed the teens who lead simple lives, while the Apartment was home to the teens who are used to living in comfort.
After a few clashes, all housemates were made to live in the Villa and compete with everyone.
Teen Big Winner Reid showed strength of character during his stay inside the house as he did his best to get better despite his poor health to be able to contribute to the tasks.
He will also be remembered for being the knight in shining armor of Tricia when most housemates chose not to go to her birthday party, and for his being vocal about his love for his father.
After the hit reality show "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010" ABS-CBN also announced it will offer its newest reality show "The Biggest Loser, the Pinoy Edition" on Philippine TV.
Teen six to enter showbiz?
After “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010”, expect to see more of Jackson, Dorschner, Seron, Bercede, Bang, and Reid as they enter a new chapter in their lives.
Jackson, known for his singing and writing skills, will soon become a Myx VJ. “It's my dream job," the Indie Singer of USA said. He also wants to do an album with his band in Dumaguete.
Dorschner, meanwhile, has the potential to have a showbiz career, which is why he is preparing very hard for it. "I'd like to learn to speak more Tagalog. Also, I'd like to learn how to play the guitar," he said.
Bercede, on the other hand, wants to ask her parents’ permission first while Bang wants to finish his studies. “That's what I'm in the Philippines for," he said.
Seron, on her part, revealed she would like to be in any ABS-CBN show, if given a chance.
Big Winner Reid said he is open to explore the opportunities that have opened up for him. "Bret and I want to make an album of our original compositions," he said.
All of them are thankful for the support of everyone who laughed, cried, got nervous, got mad, or fell in love with the Filipino teens and the Filipino teens-at-heart during “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010.”