INAMIN ng international singer na si Nicole Scherzinger ng The Pussycat Dolls na fan siya ni Regine Velasquez. Ang pag-amin ay kasunod ng pagkakapili sa kanya ng Filipino-American producer na si Troy Laureta para mag-record ng Pangako ni Regine para sa Kaibigan album.
Ibinalita ni Troy nan a-in-love ang mag-asawang Regine at Ogie Alcasid sa version niya ng Pangako. At dito nasambit niya na, “I’m such a huge fan of (Regine). When I listen to her music and her voice, I’m like, ‘What else is there for me to do?’
“But you and your sister really helped me with making it my own. So that really means a lot coming from her because I have so much love and respect for her,” anang magaling na singer sa interbyu ng ABS-CBN.
Nasabi rin ni Nicole na excited siyang bumisita sa Pilipinas para kantahin ang Pangako sa harap ng Pinoy audience.
“I can’t wait. I miss it. I’m so blessed. What I love more than anything is being on that stage and singing as Filipinos love to do. It’s like where we feel at home.
“As soon as the world opens up and everything is safe again, I cannot wait to go and put on the best show of my life. And I cannot wait to actually go and do more work for the children on the streets there,” anito.
Naikuwento ni Nicole na mahilig siya sa mga ballad kaya nang i-offer sa kanya ni Troy na kantahin ang Pangako, mabilis siyang um-oo.
“In my heart of hearts, I just love to sing big ballads. It’s in our blood right? We love big songs. He chose this special song, a special one, it’s a classic.
“It’s got a lot a lot of heart and passion. I felt like it was quite a responsibility to take on when he gave it to me,” ani Nicole.
“I always say I am not the best singer but you’re gonna get all my heart and soul out of it. They were so patient to help me to try to do it justice with singing in Tagalog which has always been a dream for me,” dagdag pa niya.
Excited ding ikinuwento ni Nicole kung paano siya napapayag kantahan ang Pangako.
“When Troy called me, he put on some weird spa music in the background. I don’t know if the universe was aligning or he was getting a foot rub or what was going on.
“I was taking a trip to the nature store and he left me this hour-long message. I was like, ‘Get to it! What’s going on back there?’ And then when he asked me, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? It’s an honor.’”
Aniya, kahit hindi nakapagsasalita o nakaiintindi ng Filipino ang kanyang fans sa iba pang bahagi ng mundo, naniniwala siyang mararamdaman ang totoong kahulugan ng kanta.
“Music speaks all languages. People feel music. Whether you speak Tagalog or not, when you hear that song, it moves you and your soul. Music is what connects us all and ultimately, we are all one and the same,” giit pa ng international singer.
Hindi naman nahirapan si Nicole na kumanta ng Tagalo. “When you want to do something to your best ability and do it justice, it’s hard because you want it to sound like it’s second nature.
“But I know that it’s in my blood. My family speaks Hawaiian and I grew up learning Spanish so I think that kind of helped me a lot.”