Ramiele Macrohon Malubay (born September 6, 1987 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia) is a Filipino American entertainer and was a finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. Ramiele was eliminated from American Idol on April 2, 2008 and Ryan Seacrest cited it on the radio as the most emotional result show ever in idol.|
Born in Saudi Arabia of Roger Malubay and Alicia Macrohon, Filipino parents who worked in Saudi Arabia. She grew up in the Philippines and the United States and graduated from Zephyrhills High School in Zephyrhills, Florida. Malubay spent most of her early years in the Philippines, but currently resides in Miramar, Florida. She is currently a nursing student at Broward Community College. She started Polynesian Dancing when she was in the first grade and started singing at the age of twelve. She can speak fluent Tagalog & Ilocano. On YouTube, there is a video in which she sings the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang”.
She successfully auditioned for American Idol in August, 2007 where she sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. She is currently in the Top 9, Her musical influences include Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, The Jackson 5 and she cited Regine Velasquez as her favorite performer.