Nelly Furtado on Filipino food, fashion experiments, and turning down ‘The Voice’


Photo by Mark Sablan

Here are some interesting stuff we discovered about the “Promiscuous” singer during the press con.

She loves Filipino food.

Asked if she’s tried some of our food, she replied, “Of course! Are you crazy?” As it turns out, she knows her Filipino food. Her favorites? “Puto, lumpia, pansit!” She also added “the sweet breads, too,” although she forgot what they’re called.

She’s very experimental when it comes to fashion.

Inspired by her recent trip to Africa, she’s been incorporating a lot of tribal/ethnic-themed stuff to her wardrobe. In fact, she was wearing a vibrant beaded bracelet during the press con. Nelly, who describes her style as hippie meets prom queen meets flamenco dancer, also shared how there was a time she and her friends dressed up like TLC for a while, how she traded jeans with both boys and girls in the hallways, and how she’d borrow her brother’s big old plaid shirts.

She was supposed to be on “The Voice”

She revealed: “They asked me to be on the original lineup of ‘The Voice’ but I turned it down at that time—I was busy recording my album. Now I think if I was given the chance to do something like that, I would like to maybe guest judge for a day.”

Talent searches aren’t her favorite reality programs

While she may have been offered “The Voice” a while back and actually think such shows are amazing, they’re not her favorite reality shows. “I like the ones with people like fisherman and stuff, the ones that are on the Nature Channel. I find those stuff interesting!” Mark Sablan, Contributor

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