Nov. 3, 2014
MANILA – Katherine Dela Cruz came all the way from California to the Philippines hoping to make it to the blind auditions of “The Voice of Philippines.” However, fate had other things planned for her.
During an interview before the blind auditions, the 22-year-old revealed that she is a big fan of Lea Salonga, having played Kim at a local production of “Miss Saigon” in California.
So after failing to turn a single chair for her performance of John Legend’s “All of Me,” Dela Cruz did not waste the opportunity to ask Salonga if they can do a duet.
The original Kim of “Miss Saigon” gamely sang “I Still Believe” from the musical with Dela Cruz who not only impressed Salonga, but also the other coaches.
Salonga refused to give a critique of Dela Cruz’s blind audition but vowed to recommend her to the current “Miss Saigon” production in London.
“Right now, ‘Miss Saigon’ is running in the West End. So what I want to do is… please keep her name because I want to recommend you,” the international Broadway star said.
“This is not a guarantee of anything, not even an audition. But at least I can tell them that I met this girl in the Philippines. She wasn’t right for the show, but I thing she would be right for you. So please, please see her,” Salonga said.
Still amazed with what happened, Dela Cruz quickly ran to her parents backstage to tell then that her “ultimate dream” just came true.