Everyone was asking, "Who is this Random Girl?" A video posted on YouTube titled, "Random Karaoke Girl" showed a girl singing the karaoke inside the mall in her casual clothes and red backpack.
Now, "Random Girl" is already known by the people as Zendee Rose Tenerefe, a 21-year old singer who hails from General Santos City.
Zendee started singing when she was 4 years old. According to her, she grew up without her mom who back then was working abroad so her aunts kept on telling her to practice singing so that she can also go abroad and be with her mom. "Lagi po ako nagrerecord sa cassette tapes tapos sabi ko dun, "Mommy, parining mo 'to sa boss mo baka pasundin niya ko diyan para magkasama na tayo." 6 years old po ako nun. Tapos madalas na po ako sumali sa mga singing competitions." Zendee shares.
Zendee said that it was 'X-Factor Philippines' which brought her here in Manila. "Nagjoin po ako ng X-Factor, tapos sila po yung nagdala sakin dito sa Manila. Kasi nakapasok ako sa bootcamp." She adds. Unfortunately, she didn't make it to the next round after the bootcamp. "Nung di po ako nakapasok sabi ko, "Mommy wag na muna tayo umuwi. Maghahanap na lang ako ng trabaho sa mga hotel kasi gusto ko talaga maging singer." She said. It came to the point that her mom wanted the both of them to go abroad instead. "Sabi ko, "Mommy 1 month na lang. Pag wala pa rin nangyari sige tara." Zendee told her mom. Luckily, Zendee went to the mall for the first time and sang "And I Am Telling You" also for the first time, and that started the fame of "Random Girl". "Mahilig po talaga ako kumanta sa mga karaoke, kahit sa mga arcade. Tapos nadala ko na rin dito sa Manila pag walang ginagawa." She said.
People around Zendee kept on telling her to practice singing more because they have a feeling that she has a future in singing. Zendee, at first didn't believe them because all she wanted was to find a job. But her family in General Santos wants Zendee to find a way for her to be recognized.
"Ano yung pakiramdam na nakilala ka bilang 'Random Girl'?"
"Nakakatuwa po pero sabi ko nga sumikat pa si Random Girl kesa kay Zendee. Pero okay lang po kasi ako pa rin naman yun. Marami nagtatanong, "Sino si Random Girl?" Buti na lang talaga may nagcomment, "I think she is Zendee Rose." Nakakatuwa kasi kung ano yung damit ko sa video, yun yung damit ko sa Facebook. Tapos nung may nagsearch ng Zendee, sakto lumabas yung picture ko nakabackpack. So yun, may nagshare sakin nung video sabi niya, "I think this is you." Kaya ayun kinalat ko na! Dami nang shares!" She said.
Zendee shares that she will never forget the day she graduated from college. According to her, education is the most important thing above all. "Sabi ko, yung pag-aaral dala mo yan hanggang libingan. Pero yung career kasi, extra na lang yan. Swerte mo na lang kung makakatanggap ka." She adds. She said that she is happy because she graduated first before "Random Girl" surfaced on the internet.
"Gusto ko po na makilala pa at magkaroon ng shows and mag inspire lalo ng kabataan kasi natutuwa po na madami nagmemessage sakin sa Facebook na naiinspire daw sila sakin kasi yung story ko raw po tsaka yung dapat daw wag agad sumuko. Walang imposible." Zendee said when asked about what she wants to achieve in her young career.
Zendee doesn't want others to compare her to Charice because she said that Charice has already established herself as a world-class singer and Zendee is only starting her career in the industry. "Pareho po kaming singers, pareho kaming nakapag-Ellen pero marami na po siya naachieve. Naiiyak po talaga ako pag madami nangaaway sakin sa Twitter tsaka sa Facebook." she adds.
When asked about who she wants to have a collaboration with Zendee answered, "Si KZ! Friends kami. Magkasama kami sa X-Factor. Gusto ko po siya makacollaborate tsaka si Julie Anne San Jose." With international artists, if given the chance, she immediately answered, "Beyonce Knowles!"
She also shared the story behind her guesting on Ellen and said, "Twice po ako nacontact ng Ellen Degeneres Show. Nung first, inemail niya po ako kasi nagiwan po ako ng contact details. Nung una po parang nalabuan po sila kasi yung English ata di magkaintindihan. Tapos yun po sabi nila maghintay na lang daw po ako ng ibang details. Second po yung I Will Always Love You. Under Warner Music na po ako nun so pinasa ko sa kanila yung email and sila na po nakipagcommunicate. Tapos nung sinabi po nila na "Zendee lilipad ka na." Sabi ko, ang galing! Finally!"
Zendee is currently recording her debut album under Warner Music. She said that she is very happy because it is her dream to have an album. "Masaya po talaga ako kasi may album na ako!"
She is also nominated in the 25th Aliw Awards for Best New Artist. We asked her how she feels about it and said, "Happy po ako kasi kakapasok ko pa lang po sa ganito tapos nominated po ako agad. Yung manominate lang, achievement na po yun kasi siyempre napansin ka ng madla na ganun, Best New Artist. Tapos kalaban ko pa po si KZ, di ko pa siya nasabihan ng ganun na "Huy magkalaban na tayo 'te!" Ayun po, di naman po ako nageexpect na manalo, si Lord na po ang bahala.
Zendee Rose is undeniably on her way to stardom, from a YouTube video, to The Ellen Degeneres Show. We won't be surprised if she makes it to the international scene and represent the country!
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