Although Lyca (Gairanod) ranked #1 and Darren (Espanto) ranked #2 in the votes during the Top 6 performances last Saturday, which also made #3 Juan Karlos (Labajo) and #4 Darlene (Vibares) to enter the Big 4 for the Grand Finals this Saturday, the gap between Lyca and Darren was reportedly so close it was almost negligible.
‘The Voice Kids’ grand finalists
Basing on the likes and comments on the postings of The Voice of The Philippines official Facebook and Twitter accounts and also that of ABS-CBN, Lyca and Darren, both from Team Sarah (Geronimo) have the most number of supporters.
Coach Sarah with Darren and Lyca
It is seen that it’s going to be Lyca and Darren in the The Voice Kids Champion final round on Sunday, July 27.
Lyca, called by Broadway star and TVK Coach Lea Salonga as little Nora Aunor being small but terrible, is also called by her own coach Sarah as “my superstar.”
The kid from Cavite, whose family’s livelihood is scavenging for scraps, won the hearts of millions since her Blind Auditions piece of Aegis’ Halik.
As she moved from the Battles to the Sing-Offs to Top 6 then to Big 4, Lyca’s simple yet heartfelt singing has won more hearts in the process. Her win will be providential.
Darren, on the other hand, immediately set social media on fire right after his Blind Auditions performance of Jessie J’s Domino.
(See related story 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/)
‘TVK’ Big 4 with the Coaches
His story of coming back to the country from a comfortable life in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (yet speaks Tagalog fluently) just for the contest has endeared him to millions of Filipinos worldwide.
Darren and JK
Darren asserted his position as the most ready/best prepared for superstardom – showing his vocal and dancing prowess in the Battles, Sing-Offs, Top 6 and Big 4.
His win will be well-deserved – devoid of dramatics or sad story background – just plain vocal superiority.
Juan Karlos Labajo
Not to be outdone is Juan Karlos who mustered following even still with the trailer of The Voice Kids with his performance of Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You in the Blind Auditions.
(See related story ‘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/)
Coach Bamboo with JK
JK proved to be Team Bamboo’s strongest bet with his natural charm, vocal ability, stage presence and amiability.
From Team Lea is Darlene Vibares.
Since her Girl On Fire Blind Audition piece, Darlene carried her team’s banner strongly in Top 6 to Big 4.
Some netizens noticed and criticized her being OA, a little bit pitchy and poor English diction but her legions of supporters want her to reach the championship round and would not want nothing less for this girl who initially caught the attention really big of viewers and reality show aficionados.
The coaches of the Big 4 who are to battle it out in the Final Showdown have pitched for each of them.
Sarah refers to 12-year-old Darren as “world-class, total performer” while 9-year-old Lyca as “boses ng masang Pilipino” (the voice of Filipino masses). The Pop Princess is the only coach whose Top 6 artists both made it to the Big 4.
Coach Lea with Darlene
Lea, on the other hand, said that 10-year-old Darlene should win because “she sets ablaze any stage she is on.”
As for Bamboo, he said 13-year-old Juan Karlos is “incomparable because he makes an emotional connection with the audience.”
Hosts Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga
Click link to watch the Coaches pitch for their bets
Click links to watch semifinals stage rehearsals of each of the Big 4
Related stories in this blog:
- ‘The Voice Kids’ Big 4: Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene in grand finals! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-voice-kids-big-4-lyca-darren-juan-karlos-darlene-in-grand-finals/
- Darlene, Tonton, JK, Edray, Lyca & Darren battle for vocal supremacy in ‘The Voice Kids’ live semifinals https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/darlene-tonton-jk-edray-lyca-darren-battle-for-vocal-supremacy-in-the-voice-kids-live-semifinals/
- 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/
- 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/
Photos and videos from http://entertainment.abs-cbn.com/tv/shows/thevoicekids/videos and https://www.facebook.com/TheVoiceABSCBN