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Her musical influences are Aretha Franklin, Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Lani Misalucha and Regine Velasquez, citing the latter as her favorite performer. Tour 2008, performing with the other American Idol Top 10 finalists during the summer.At an early age, Malubay started singing for various Filipino-American functions around Florida, as well as opening for Filipino acts such as Kuh Ledesma and Martin Nievera during American tours.Malubay successfully auditioned for American Idol in August 2007 when she sang Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".Cowell also named her "one of the top three singers in the competition" after her performance of "Don't Leave Me This Way" and also noted that she was "probably the most consistently good singer" during the Hollywood rounds.She finished in ninth place and is believed to be the shortest contestant in Idol history, standing only 4 feet 11 inches tall.It was frequently shown that a friendship formed between Malubay and fellow Idol contestants Danny Noriega, Kady Malloy and third-place finisher Syesha Mercado.Malubay also mentioned during her pre-performance video interview for Top 11 week that she had formed close bonds with fifth place finalist Brooke White and eventual winner David Cook.
Flanagan High School and is currently a nursing student at Broward College.Malubay started Polynesian Dancing when she was in the first grade and started singing at the age of twelve.Malubay had never been in the Bottom 3 prior to her elimination.During American Idol, she was roommates with Syesha Mercado and Brooke White.
Malubay was eliminated from American Idol on April 2, 2008 during Dolly Parton week.
After an emotional farewell, she performed "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" one final time following her elimination.