LEA SALONGA SAYS SHE'S ONLY INVITED TO WATCH 'IDOL', NOT TO MENTOR

MANILA,
APRIL 3,
2012 (ABS-CBN)
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga clarified on Monday that Michael Orland, the arranger and associate musical director of the hit American talent search “American Idol,” invited her to watch the show and not to mentor the finalists.

"Everyone, I believe Michael Orland was inviting me to just WATCH the show, not MENTOR on it. All the news is blown out of proportion," Salonga said in her official Twitter account.

On March 29, Orland sent a message to Salonga asking the international singer to "visit" the show.

“Lea Salonga, when are you coming to 'Idol' to visit? You must,” he said, after Salonga praised the performance of one of the “Idol” contestants.

Salonga, who is currently in Florida for a concert, replied that she would definitely love to visit “Idol” once she is in Los Angeles.

Last Saturday, Salonga said on Twitter that she would be happy to see Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Philips or four contestants declared as the winner for this season.

Currently, only eight contestants are left in “Idol,” including Sanchez, who has Filipino roots.

The contestants will be performing songs from the 1980s on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).

Lea Salonga invited to guest on ‘Idol’ ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/01/2012 6:30 PM | Updated as of 04/02/2012 9:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The arranger and associate musical director of the hit American talent show “American Idol” has invited Tony Award winner Lea Salonga to visit and guest on the show soon.

Michel Orland, in his official Twitter account, sent a message to Salonga on March 29 asking the international singer to drop by the show.

“@MsLeaSalonga When are you coming to #IDOL to come visit? You must,” he said.

This was in reply to Salonga’s tweet appreciating the performance of one of the remaining “Idol” contestants.

Orland said he would love if Salonga would become one of the contestants’ mentor in the coming weeks.

“I would LOVE that - talk about a voice that's goose-bump inducing, that would be Lea,” he said.

Salonga, on the other hand, said she would definitely love to visit “Idol” once she is in Los Angeles.

“@MichaelOrland Michael, you flatter me greatly. Would love to visit #Idol when I'm back in LA. In Florida now w/ David Burnham in concert,” she said.

Currently, only eight contestants are left in “Idol,” including Jessica Sanchez, who has Filipino roots.

They will be performing songs from the 1980s on Wednesday (Thursday morning in Manila).


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