KZ Tandingan

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KZ Tandingan-Monterde
KZ Tandingan - 2019 (cropped).jpg
Tandingan in 2019
Kristine Zhenie Lobrigas Tandingan

(1992-03-11) March 11, 1992 (age 30)
Digos, Philippines
Years active2012–present
TJ Monterde
(m. 2020)
Musical career
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • Vocals
  • piano
LabelsStar Music

Kristine Zhenie Lobrigas Tandingan-Monterde[1] (born March 11, 1992), mononymously known as KZ, is a Filipina singer and rapper hailed as Asia's Soul Supreme. She rose to prominence following her win on the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012.[2]

That same year, she won Aliw Award for Best New Artist. She has released notable songs in the Philippines such as "Darating Din", "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" and "Two Less Lonely People in the World", which peaked at number 2 on the Philippine Hot 100 in 2017.[3]

Tandingan was one of the members of the all-female supergroup DIVAS along with Yeng Constantino, Kyla, and Angeline Quinto.

She became known internationally when she joined Singer 2018, a popular singing competition aired on HBS.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

KZ Tandingan started singing as a child but had to stop when she was in her junior year in high school after suffering from a throat problem. She is an alumna of University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City and had graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology.[4]

Before she joined The X Factor Philippines, Tandingan was part of a local acoustic band.[4]

2012: The X Factor Philippines[edit]

Tandingan was considered an early favorite after she performed a jazzy version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the fourth week of the Judges' auditions. After receiving a standing ovation from all the judges, she was requested to sing again. Tandingan obliged and sang "Ready or Not" by American hip-hop group, The Fugees. With her second song, she also showed her rapping skills. Tandingan was greatly praised by all of the judges. Nievera even shouted, "A star is born in Digos!".[5] The video of Tandingan's audition went viral online after it was uploaded in YouTube. The video reached nearly 1 million views before it was removed due to copyright issues.[6] During the Bootcamp stage, she sang "Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota ng Iba" by the APO Hiking Society and cried after she made the cut for the Top 20.[7] Tandingan sang "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack during the Judges' home visit. On week 9, she landed on the bottom 2 for the first time with teammate Allen Sta. Maria, but she survived elimination. Tandingan was Charice's last remaining act after Allen Sta. Maria was eliminated on week 9. She reached the grand finals on October 7, 2012, and was proclaimed the winner of The X Factor Philippines.[2]

Performances and results
The X Factor Philippines season 1 performances and results
Stage Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Free choice "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland Advanced
"Ready or Not" Fugees
Bootcamp 1 Specific song "Without You" David Guetta Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Free choice "Mahirap Magmahal Ng Syota Ng Iba" APO Hiking Society Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack Advanced
Top 12 Songs from the movies "The Show" Lenka 6 Safe
Top 11 song with Life or Buhay in the title "For Once in My Life" Stevie Wonder 9 Safe
Top 10 Rock "In the End" Linkin Park 10 Safe
Top 9 Tribute to late music icons "Rehab" Amy Winehouse 8 Safe
Top 8 OPM songs "Ang Huling El Bimbo" Eraserheads 7 Safe
Top 7 Songs from the 1980s "Eternal Flame" The Bangles 3 Safe
Top 6 Eraserheads or Rivermaya "Kisapmata" Rivermaya 4 Safe
Top 5 Revival songs "Make You Feel My Love" Bob Dylan 3 Safe
Top 4 Songs from musical heroes "Forever" Chris Brown 3 Bottom 2[a]
Final showdown "Ordinary People" John Legend 2
Finale Contestant's choice "Superstar" The Carpenters 3 Winner
Celebrity duet Duet "The Way We Were"
with Rico J. Puno
Barbra Streisand 5
Mentor duet Duet "The Way You Look Tonight"
with Charice
Fred Astaire 1
  1. ^ Tandingan was in the bottom two but was saved by the judges' votes.

2012–present: post The X Factor[edit]

On January 7, 2013, Tandingan entered the Himig Handog contest with the song entry called "Scared To Death", written by Domingo Rosco Jr. The song was accompanied with a music video that was assigned as a project to be directed by University of Santo Tomas and premiered on February 2 in Myx Philippines. She performed the song in the grand finals on February 24, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Overall, the song finished in 4th place and was the third runner-up for Best P-pop Love Song thus rewarding the writer of Tandingan's song one hundred thousand pesos in cash.[8][9] On April 21, 2013, she toured across North America as a supporting act for pop band Side A.[8][10] On May 2, 2013, Tandingan released her self-titled debut album. The album was produced by Jonathan Manalo and consists of mainly original songs with some covers.[11] On June 27, 2013, she officially launched the album on Makati City.[12][13][14]

On January 11, 2014, Tandingan won ₱1,000,000 in The Singing Bee where she accumulated 4 straight songs correctly. In the show, she did not make a single error in the first 2 rounds and eventually won a tie-breaker against co-contestants Frenchie Dy and Sitti, who also did not commit any errors throughout the game. The following year, she was announced as one of the eight contestants for the second season of Your Face Sounds Familiar along with Myrtle Sarrosa, Sam Concepcion, Cacai Bautista, Kean Cipriano, Denise Laurel, Michael Pangilinan and Eric Nicolas. The show ran from September 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015. and she was the 3rd runner-up. Tandingan was then announced as one of the celebrity mentors in We Love OPM in 2016, being the mentor of Team O Diva. The show ran from May 14, 2016 to July 17, 2016. She is currently seen in ASAP, as one of the ASAP Soul Sessions with Jason Dy, Daryl Ong, Jay R and Kyla. The Soul Sessions formed on May 15, 2016, and disbanded in late 2017.[15]

Singer 2018[edit]

On February 9, 2018, Tandingan competed as a weekly challenger on China's Singer 2018 wherein she placed first on her debut round on week five. She sang her own rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". She remained as a contestant on the show until her elimination on week nine.[16]

On February 16, 2018, Tandingan sang the Mandopop song in her own rendition, "The Hurts You Never Knew" (Chinese: 你不知道的痛), a combination of three pieces of songs "What Else Do You Want From Me"(Chinese:你還要我怎樣) by Joker Xue, "All The Things You Never Knew" (Chinese:你不知道的事) by Wang Leehom and "Still Aching" (Chinese:還隱隱作痛) by Power Station. She was allowed to remain in the competition for ranking third in the top four, per the competition rules for a challenger.[17]

On March 16, 2018, Tandingan sang "Royals" where she was the third person to perform. That week was a double elimination (after one contestant was too ill to perform and was given bye that week), and per the competition rules the two singers receiving the lowest count of overall votes would be eliminated. She finished last on the overall votes, which resulted in her elimination of Singer 2018 (another contestant, James Li, was also eliminated for finishing 7th on the overall count after a challenger of the week successfully placed in the top four).[citation needed]

Tandingan's stint in the show had made international music fans noticed her unique and creative musical artistry in the different music genre. Her eventual elimination created a flurry of criticism from social media commentators and the Chinese fans she has built during her short stint in the show. On Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, KZ Tandingan became the second most talked about a topic after her elimination.[citation needed]

As a rule, however, all eliminated singers except singers who withdrew and singer in the first round returned for the breakout episode (aired April 6, 2018) for a chance to re-enter Singer 2018 and qualify for the grand finals. Tandingan performed a Tagalog/Mandarin rendition of Anak and finished 7th, and was unable to advance to the finals. Despite her elimination, she later returned as a guest singer (along with former winner Coco Lee) for a performance from Jessie J (who was the series winner) in the grand finals aired April 13, 2018.[citation needed]


On April 27, 2016, KZ was announced to be part of the DIVAS girl group along with Kyla, Yeng Constantino, and Angeline Quinto (Rachelle Ann Go was originally planned to be part of the group, but left due to international commitments). The group staged their first concert titled DIVAS Live in Manila on November 11, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. On December 15, 2018, the group staged their second major concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with Boyz II Men titled Boyz II Men with DIVAS.[citation needed]

Concerts and tours[edit]


On April 27, 2016, it was announced that a girl group named DIVAS, composed of Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go and Angeline Quinto would debut with their first concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum titled DIVAS: Live in Manila on November 11, 2016. However, Go left the group due to scheduling problems.[citation needed]


KZ held her first major solo concert Supreme: KZ Tandingan at Mall of Asia Arena on June 22, 2018. She shared the stage with some of the biggest artists in Philippines, including fellow ASAP Soul Sessionists Kyla, Jason Dy and Daryl Ong, her biggest rap influence Gloc-9, Malaya hitmaker Moira Dela Torre, singer Iñigo Pascual, and rapper Shanti Dope.[18] Shen then embarked on her first world tour, the "Supreme: World Tour".

On October 31, 2018, KZ returned to the MOA Arena Stage, this time performing alongside Chinese singers Fish Leong, A-Lin, Faye at the PDMN "To Youth Nice To Meet You" Phil-Chi Star Concert.[citation needed]

On December 15, DIVAS returned to the Araneta Coliseum, staging a collaboration concert with the international R&B vocal trio Boyz II Men.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2013 KZ Tandingan
  • Released: May 3, 2013
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
2017 Soul Supremacy
  • Released: 2017
  • Formats: CD, Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
As lead artist
"Killing Me Softly" 2012 The X Factor Philippines / KZ Tandingan
"Scared to Death" 2013 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2013 / KZ Tandingan
"Puro Laro" KZ Tandingan
"Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako" 2014 3 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014
"Laban Pa"
(with Jay R)
2016 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016
"Two Less Lonely People in the World" 2017 2[20] 1[21] Kita Kita soundtrack
"Labo" Soul Supremacy
(KZ Tandingan x Shanti Dope)
"Raise Your Flag"
(with Kritiko)
Non-album single
"My Hair, My Say" 2020 Non-album single
"Can't Wait to Say I Do"
(with TJ Monterde)
"Gabay" 2021 Gabay (From "Raya and the Last Dragon" / Tagalog Version)
Huli Na, HULI NA 2022 Flower of Evil Official Soundtrack
As featured artist
"Bolang Kristal"
(with Abra)
2016 Abra
"Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin"
(with TJ Monterde)
2017 43 8 TJ Monterde - EP
(with Gloc-9)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was released before Billboard Philippines era.



Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 The X Factor Philippines ABS-CBN Contestant Winner
2012–present ASAP Herself Performer
2013–2021 Himig Handog Contestant "Scared To Death" (4th place)
"Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako" (Winner)
"Laban Pa" (3rd place)
"Marupok" (Winner)
2014 The Singing Bee Contestant Winner; won ₱1,000,000
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar (season 2) Contestant 4th place
2016 We Love OPM Mentor O Diva; 3rd place
2017 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Herself Wedding Singer
2018 Singer 2018 Hunan Television Contestant Invited first as a challenger
2022 Top Class TV5 Herself Vocal Mentor


Year Title Role
2019 The Art of Ligaw Carisse
  1. ^ The table above only includes Tandingan's significant appearances, therefore guest appearances are not included.


Year Awards Nominated Result Ref.
2012 25th Aliw Awards
by Aliw Awards Foundation, Inc.
KZ Tandingan
as the Best New Artist
Won [22][23]
2013 26th Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"Wag Ka Nang Umiyak"
as the Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist
Nominated [24][25]
2014 27th Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"Bakit Lumuluha"
as Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist
Nominated [26]
"Scared to Death"
as Best Ballad Recording
"Darating Din"
as Best Inspirational/Religious Recording
"Darating Din"
as Best Jazz Recording
Myx Music Awards 2014
by MYX
KZ Tandingan
as Favorite Female Artist
Nominated [27]
KZ Tandingan
as Favorite New Artist
2015 28th Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"May Bukas Pa" (with Yeng Constantino)
as Best Collaboration
Won [28]
"Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako"
as Best Ballad Recording
2016 29th Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"Wag Ka Nang Umiyak" (with Ebe Dancel)
as Best Collaboration
Nominated [29][30]
2017 30th Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"Industriya" (with Gloc-9)
as Best Collaboration
Nominated [31][32]
"Industriya" (with Gloc-9)
as Best Rap/HipHop Recording
2nd Wish 107.5 Music Awards
by Wish 107.5 FM
"Throwback" (as featured artist; with Morissette Amon)
as Wish Original Song Of the Year by a Female Artist
Won [33]
2018 3rd Wish 107.5 Music Awards
by Wish 107.5 FM
KZ Tandingan
as Wish Artist of the Year
Nominated [34][35]
"Two Less Lonely People in the World"
as Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year
"Ikaw At Ako Pa Rin" (with TJ Monterde)
as Wishclusive Collaboration of the Year
"Labo" by KZ Tandingan
as Wish Urban Song of the Year
"Win The Moment" (as featured artist; with Quest)
as Wish Urban Song of the Year
2020 33rd Awit Awards
by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
"Halik sa Hangin"
as Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist
Won [36]
"Imposible" (with Shanti Dope)
as Best Collaboration
"Imposible" (with Shanti Dope)
as Song of the Year


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  32. ^ "Darren Espanto, Inigo Pascual win big at 30th Awit Awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. November 29, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
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