[PHOTO -The former American Idol judge’s voice, dancing skills, and charm still failed to impress Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who bought VIP ticket for the event. Photos by NPPA Images/ Reuters

MANILA, DECEMBER 3, 2012 (YAHOO ASIA) By Rio Rose Ribaya | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Jennifer Lopez wowed over 13,000 Filipinos during her concert in Pasay City on Monday night.

But the former American Idol judge’s voice, dancing skills, and charm still failed to impress Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who had a VIP ticket for the event.

Santiago expressed bafflement over Lopez’s performance, as she recalled the world-known celebrity “Dance Again” world tour concert experience with former Department of Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral.

“I was shocked beyond belief at the attack, assault on my ears. It was so loud and there were so many people and they stirred themselves into a frenzy,” Santiago told reporters.

“They were worshiping at the foot of someone, who was no longer human. They transformed her. She morphed into a digital idol,” the senator said in an ambush interview.

Expressing her disappointment, Santiago said the country needs more exposure and total immersion to classical music, opera and ballet.

“I think our country could use more classical musicians, singers in the opera, ballet style… Let me just say I was not impressed,” she noted.

“I have no ambition of becoming a sex kitten or assaulting people to deafness,” she added.

On Monday, Lopez mesmerized thousands of Filipinos who went to see her first Philippine concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Proclamations of love for the RnB star flooded Twitter after Lopez thanked Filipinos on her account right after the show. Several politicians were spotted in the event as well such as former Senator Loi Ejercito, former Rep. Cynthia Villar, among others.

Actor Richard Gomez also tweeted: "Parang may joint congressional and senate hearing dito sa JLo concert! Hahahaha!"


Miriam 'not impressed' with J.Lo show GMA News Online – Tue, Nov 27, 2012.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said that she was not impressed by the concert of high-octane performer Jennifer Lopez.

The senator said the show was too loud and she preferred the opera and ballet

Santiago said that she watched Lopez's concert for "exposure" and "total immersion." "I was shocked beyond belief at the attack, the assault on my ears.

It was so loud and there were so many people," she said. "They turned themselves into a frenzy so actually they were worshiping at the foot of someone who is no longer human, they transformed her, she morphed into a digital idol," she added. Santiago said that in her opinion, the country needs more classical musicians, opera singers, and ballet dancers. "I'm a strictly highbrow girl.

I like classical music, opera and ballet particularly abroad," she said. — DVM, GMA News

Jennifer Lopez’s beau ‘genuinely cares’ Cover Media – Wed, Nov 21, 2012.. . .

Jennifer Lopez appreciates her beau Casper Smart’s company while touring the world performing.

The singer-and-actress embarked on a worldwide concert tour over the summer.

Casper serves as her backup dancer on the shows.

Jennifer relishes the emotional support she receives from Casper during and after the demanding performances.

"You want people around you who genuinely care about you, not people that are just there for a paycheck," she told ET Online.

"Obviously he does care so… it's been great to have him there on the road."

Casper is happy to buoy up Jennifer.

He understands how taxing a tour can be on the psyche.

“Going out on a project like this, you need all the love and support you can get,” he explained.

Casper and Jennifer have created many fond memories in 2012.

The dancer is moved by the Valentine’s Day they shared this year.

"I rented a helicopter and we went to Laguna Beach [in California]," Casper recalled.

"I did a big thing out there."

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