They are the singing superstars of tomorrow – regardless of who wins in the very first edition of The Voice Kids Philippines.
Equally gifted with exceptional talent – Darlene Vibares and Winston (Tonton) Cabiles Jr. under Coach Lea Salonga, Juan Karlos (JK) Labajo and Edray Teodoro under Coach Bamboo, and Darren Espanto and Lyca Gairanod under Coach Sarah Geronimo battle it out this Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the live semifinals of the Philippine franchise of the reality singing competition which started in the Netherlands in 2010.
These six young artists endured the rigors of being selected for the blind auditions, then “courted” the coaches with their vocal prowess as part of the 18 members of each team, advanced to the Top 6 then eventually as one of two official standard bearers of their coaches.
First to select her Final 2 was Lea – nine-year-old Darlene of Antipolo City whom the Broadway sensation said it’s as if there’s an old person inside the girl whenever she sings and Little Bruno Mars Tonton of Cebu who performed It Will Rain.
It was Bamboo’s turn the following week. Lea had same first choice for him – Juan Karlos. Bamboo’s choice of Edray sealed his team’s representation in the semis.
(See related story Lea, Bamboo ‘The Voice Kids’ semis bets chosen; Sarah’s known this weekend https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/lea-bamboo-the-voice-kids-semis-bets-chosen-sarahs-known-this-weekend/)
Sarah’s choice of Darren and Lyca confirmed Lea’s choices for the Pop Princess’ team.
Despite the hectic schedule for the semis, the kids took time to play and bond at Camella Tierra Nevada, where the prize of house and lot for the winner is located.
What would they do if they win the grand prize?
LYCA: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, dun po ako magbi-birthday at magsi-celebrate sa loob ng bahay.”
(If I win a house at Camella, I will celebrate my birthday inside the house)
DARREN: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, i-setup ko yung room ko agad tapos invite ko mga friends ko para mag-swimming kami.”
(If I win a house at Camella, I’ll setup my room immediately then invite my friends so we can go swimming)
JUAN KARLOS: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, gagawin ko yung kwarto kong color white. Favorite color ko kasi white.”
(If I win a house at Camella, I’ll make my room color white, as my favorite color is white)
EDRAY: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, kakain kami agad dun. Tapos magpapa-house blessing.”
(If I win a house at Camella, we’ll dine immediately there, then have a house blessing)
TONTON: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, papagandahin ko po yung bahay para maganda tingnan.”
(If I win a house at Camella, I’ll beautify the house so it will look nice)
DARLENE: “Pag nanalo ako ng bahay sa Camella, papalagyan ko kwarto ko ng Hello Kitty. Kwarto ni ate, papalagyan ko ng wallpaper ng crush niya.”
(If I win a house at Camella, I’ll decorate my room with Hello Kitty. The room of my elder sister, I’ll have it decorated with wallpaper of her crush)
Choosing the winner relies mainly on the votes of the audience.
The four artists getting the highest percentage of votes from the public move to the Grand Finals, which means one of the three coaches have two star artists making it to the Final 4.
The Voice Kids grand champion wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot, home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.
The Voice Kids airs Saturday at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ABS-CBN.
Related stories with videos in this blog:
Darren, Lyca banner Team Sarah in ‘The Voice Kids’ semis https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/darren-lyca-banner-team-sarah-in-the-voice-kids-semis/
‘The Voice Kids’ amazing discoveries ensure steady supply of singing superstars https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/the-voice-kids-amazing-discoveries-ensure-steady-supply-of-singing-superstars/
Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation Darren Espanto sets social media afire with ‘The Voice Kids’ blind audition, chooses Sarah G. as coach https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/canada-based-pinoy-singing-sensation-darren-espanto-sets-social-media-afire-with-the-voice-kids-blind-audition-chooses-sarah-g-as-coach/
Photos from https://www.facebook.com/TheVoiceABSCBN and official Facebook pages of the artists