Fans of heartthrob Daniel Padilla were not pleased with Lea Salonga’s comment on the performance of Juan Karlos Labajo on the first night of the two-night finale of “The Voice Kids,” a singing talent search tv show.
Upon realizing that she might have hurt other people, Ms. Salonga took to Twitter to apologize to Daniel Padilla and his fans.
On July 26, after the performance of Juan Karlos of Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” during the upbeat round, Salonga praised the charming Cebuano kid with his performance.
The Broadway actress commended the talented Labajo and said, “I’m actually looking at you as a 13-year-old and see what you’re going to be like five years from now.”
She added, “‘Yong mga DJ na ‘yan, wala (That DJ, nothing), sorry, their names will be erased once you get to that age. “Ang charm mo, talagang nagamit sa number na ito, e. ‘Yong looks mo, ‘yong charm mo, talagang gamit na gamit. Your coach picked the right song for you” (You really used your charm and looks in this number).
“DJ” is Daniel Padilla’s popular nickname among his fans who immediately expressed their disappointment over Ms. Lea Salonga’s comment.
On her Twitter account, Salonga offered her apologies to Daniel Padilla and his fans:
“Ohhh dear… I offer my deepest apologies to Daniel P and his fans. In building up JK (Juan Karlos), I neglected to think that I might hurt other people.”
She made it clear that she did not mean to disrespect anyone with her comment.
“I meant no disrespect, but I humbly ask for forgiveness if that’s how it came across. Sana mapatawad po ninyo ako sa aking pagkakamali” (I hope you could forgive me for my mistake).
Meanwhile, Daniel Padilla, speaking on “The Buzz” on Sunday, said he doesn’t feel offended by Lea Salonga’s comment.
“I think she just got carried away by her emotions. Hindi naman po ‘yun issue kaya huwag na natin pag-usapan,” (It’s a non-issue so let’s not talk about it) the star of “She’s Dating the Gangster” said.