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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Fil-Am Malaya Watson advances to next round [/box]Filipina-American Marian B. Watson, mother of “American Idol” contestant Malaya Watson, is appealing to Filipinos in Michigan to support her daughter by voting for her.

Malaya, 16-year-old, was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan where she is a high school student. Her mother is a registered nurse and works at St. John Providence Hospital. Her father Ron Watson is a professional guitarist.

Malaya advanced to the next round of American Idol Season XIII when she breezed through the second elimination round, the results of which were announced last March 6.

The day before, Malaya was praised by the judges for her superb rendition of “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann.

In appealing for votes, her mother said that the support of

Filipinos in Michigan for Malaya may prove crucial in the event there is a neck-and-neck race among the remaining contestants.

To vote for Malaya, she said, “you should text #2 to 83676 ***

or dial toll free #1-855-443-6502***. You may vote up to 50 times per device and per method. You may vote up until two hours after the show had ended.”

Supporters may also use the online voting method. Google search American idol or visit or use American Idol app

Mrs. Watson said, “You may vote up to 50 times per device and per method. You may vote up until 10a.m. PST the next day after the show.

In a telephone interview, Mrs. Watson told the Filipino Star News she is grateful to Michigan Filipinos who texted their votes for Malaya last March 5. She appealed to them for their continued support.

Mrs. Watson said Malaya, which is a Tagalog word for freedom, has been into music and dance since she was in grade school. She said her daughter was fond of her late grandfather Gerry Bandico who hailed from Negros Oriental. Malaya said in an earlier interview that she drew inspiration from her grandpa.

Mrs. Watson, who was born in Manila, immigrated to the United States in 1972 when she was a 6th grader. Her mother Marcelina Bandico hails from Batanes, a small province in the northernmost tip of the Philippines.