First episode of 'Idol Philippines' draws mixed reactions

IDOL PHILIPPINES. The show is the third adaptation of the Idol franchise. Photo from Facebook/Idol Philippines

IDOL PHILIPPINES. The show is the third adaptation of the Idol franchise.

Photo from Facebook/Idol Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Idol Philippines aired its first episode on Sunday, April 21, and earned both praises and criticisms on social media.

The show, which replaced World of Dance Philippines has Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, James Reid, and Moira dela Torre as judges. Billy Crawford serves as host. (READ: Meet the judges of 'Idol Philippines')

On Twitter, netizens shared their thoughts on how the 4 judges commented on the contestants. Some said they did well, while others said they could have done better, most especially Moira.

James is straightforward Regine giving us the tips VG still like in ST and GGV, only shorter airtime Moira is nakakaantok #IdolPhilippines — Dm (@dmwapu) April 21, 2019


No offense to the show and the fandom of the other judges,in my opinion talaga, si regine lang ang VALID na judge for this show. #IdolPhilippines — CaRoL sNatChed mY wIg (@secretlifeofjyc) April 21, 2019


Uhm have nothing against moira and james, actually i am a fan of james, but imo, they are not yet fit to judge this kind of competition. There are other artists out there who are more deserving. #IdolPhilippines — LJ (@ksmomr_) April 21, 2019


In fairness to James Reid. His comments are objective and with sense. #IdolPhilippines — Work King  (@xangalino) April 21, 2019

Other netizens, meanwhile, asked why talent shows put emphasis on the back stories of contestants. Some of them even said that Voice of the Philippines was still a better singing contest.

One thing I hate about reality shows here in the PH, they put so much focus on back stories rather than the talent itself. Let the show sells because of its content. #IdolPhilippines — Hep (@hepddy) April 21, 2019


Caught the replay of #IdolPhilippines. Too much drama. See what happened with the US version. They’re not doing well. Hope it still changes in the coming episodes. #IdolPHJudgeJames — Lulee Girl (@Lulee_Girl) April 22, 2019


The Voice of The Philippines is still the most credible singing contest for me. From blind auditions, battles and live shows to the most sought artists like Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta and Lea Salonga. Can't wait to see it after #IdolPhilippines — M.A (@emeybaby33) April 21, 2019


Vice also took time to promote the show and could not help but poke fun at Regine.


Ate @reginevalcasid yung totoo???!!!! Clown ang tingin mo sakin no??!! lolz #IdolPhilippines — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) April 21, 2019

On Sunday's episode, 3 candidates were given 4 yesses to move on to the next round – Juancho Gabriel, Angie Kristine, and Renwick Benito.



Idol Philippines is based on the Idol franchise created by Simon Fuller. This is the third adaptation of the show, after Philippine Idol in 2006 and Pinoy Idol in 2008. –