Two American Idol Hopefuls have Filipina Mother

February 9, 2014

Marrialle Sellars mother Luzviminda

Marrialle Sellars mother Luzviminda Sellars

Maybe ABS-CBN News is either clueless or they don’t see her as star material, which is strange given that American Idol hopeful Marrialle Sellars has been given the rare opportunity to have her audition shown twice on American Idol. She opened the 13th season of American Idol and then her audition was once again shown as the last audition on the Detroit rounds. And yes, Marrialle Sellars has a Filipina mother in Luzviminda B. Sellars! How Filipino can you get in Luzviminda?! She was also shown in the audition, looking very Pinay. Marialle Sellars sang another Filipino-American’s song in the audition, Bruno Mars‘ Grenade. ABS-CBN News has been ignoring her feat and has given another Fil-am hopeful Malaya Watson a large attention by featuring her in TV Patrol and Bandila newscasts and feature stories in their website, without a mention of Marrialle Sellars.
Marrialle Sellars has been hailed by the American press as a Miley Cyrus look-alike, albeit a black one and the judges in American idol season 13 were very impressed with her, from her appearance to her talent. And she mentioned her mother Luzviminda as one of those who put together her outfit for the audition. The new Simon Cowell-like in frankness, judge Harry Connick Jr. is all praises of her saying: “You are going to be a nightmare for the other competitors.” And he even directed Marialle to face a camera and repeat, “My name is Marrialle Sellars, and I plan on being the next ‘American Idol.’ ”

And the young girl with another Filipina mother is Malaya Watson. She made it through to Hollywood Week of American Idol Season 13. She is 16 years old, plays the Tuba in her school’s band and calls her grandpa “Lolo.”