All four The Voice Kids grand finalists are good. In fact, they are more than good – already assured of places in the Philippine entertainment sun.
In Saturday’s performances – Juan Karlos Labajo, Lyca Gairanod, Darlene Vibares and Darren Espanto each sang a power ballad and an upbeat number.
(Click link to watch Darren’s powerful rendition of Ngayon)
Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez. All coaches were impressed by her performance. In the upbeat round, she sang Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.
Lea Salonga said that whenever she’d talk to the kids in English, Lyca would say she could not understand, but proved she can also do English songs, after all.
(Click links to watch Lyca‘s performances)
Her coach, Sarah Geronimo, said “Kahit anong gawin mo, mamahalin at mamahalin ka namin, kasi talagang (Whatever you do, we will always love you, as certainly) you have the makings of a superstar.”
Juan Karlos Labajo
Juan Karlos did Yesterday by The Beatles, which had him cry towards the end and was not able to answer host Luis Manzano’s question why he cried, but just pointed up as gesture for the reason of his emotion was his mother who died only last November.
(Click links to watch JK‘s performances)
JK did Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars in the upbeat round, earning accolades from his Coach Bamboo that he made the song his own. His charm, singing talent and strong stage presence assure him of a career in singing and also acting being a total package.
Darlene started out of sync performing Sharon Cuneta’s Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas but able to catch up and still gave a powerful rendition of the popular love song. Her coach, Lea, said it happens to all performers but praised her for making it through.
(Click links to watch Darlene‘s performances)
Darlene did Louder by Charice and also got remarks from Lea that the international singer must be very proud of the kid’s performance.
It’s Darren that brought the house down and had all three coaches giving him standing ovation, not just her coach, Sarah, after his performance of Ngayon by Basil Valdez.
Shedding tears after the prolonged high-note last word of the song, he told host Alex Gonzaga that he was just emotional, the reason why he cried.
Lea commented, “Sa lahat ng iniidolo ngayon ni Darren, ito ay isang babala sa inyo, ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw (To all those that Darren presently idolizes, this is a warning, this kid will sweep you away someday).”
Get to know Darren again thru his slam book
Coach Sarah remarked: “Ngayon ay pinatunayan mo na ikaw ang karapat-dapat na tanghaling grand champion ng The Voice Kids (Now [title of his song in English] you have proven that you deserve to be proclaimed as the grand champion of The Voice Kids).”
Darren performed Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber for the upbeat round.
Sarah said Darren is very much ripe, ready for superstardom and there’s nothing to coach him on anymore, as every forte is his forte.
(Click link to watch Darren‘s upbeat number)
She added that Darren is a mixture of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano (known for his singing-dancing skills) and Power Balladeer Martin Nievera.
The Voice Kids grand champion wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.
The first grand champion of The Voice Kids (Philippines) is known tonight, Sunday, July 27, 2014.
Take note of the time: It’s 6:15 p.m. and not 6:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN.
See related stories in this blog:
- Darren to give house to Lyca, musical set to Darlene, money to church if he wins ‘The Voice Kids’ https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/darren-to-give-house-to-lyca-musical-set-to-darlene-money-to-church-if-he-wins-the-voice-kids/
- 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/
- ‘The Voice Kids’ Big 4: Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene in grand finlas! 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 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/
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