‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion!

Broadway star and The Voice of the Philippines and The Voice Kids Coach Lea Salonga likened her to Superstar Nora Aunor, for being small but terrible (in singing).


Coach Sarah Geronimo and ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Her own coach, Sarah Geronimo, called her “My Superstar.”

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Lyca performs ‘Basang-Basa Sa Ulan’ with Aegis

From Blind Auditions singing Aegis’ Halik to the grand finals night singing Basang-Basa Sa Ulan, this time live with the most popular and three-girl-member beloved band, nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod has captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos worldwide and by public voting, was declared the first ever The Voice Kids grand champion.

(Click link to watch Lyca’s performance with Aegis)


Lyca edged out teammate Darren Espanto, touted to be the most ready, most ripe and most prepared among the four grand finalists for superstardom.


Darren performs ‘You Are My Song’ with Martin Nievera

Darren performed with Concert King Martin Nievera, initially playing the piano and did second voice for the song, You Are My Song.

(Click link to watch Darren’s performance with Martin Nievera)


Those with keen ears heard flats and disharmony, unlike during performance night on Saturday that the Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation asserted his top position with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston in the Power Ballad round and Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber in the Upbeat round.


Opening number with the grand finalists and their coaches. Extreme left is host Luis Manzano

Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen on Saturday.

As the grand champion, Lyca won 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.


JK performs ‘Eto Na Naman’ with Gary Valenciano

Days before the grand finals, Darren said he’d give Lyca the house if he’d win. Now, that it’s Lyca who won, the daughter of a fisherman and a scavenger from Cavite has all the prizes to her own and her family.

The ranking never changed.

When the Big 4 were chosen out of the Top 6, Lyca topped the votes, with Darren placing second, Team Bamboo’s Juan Karlos Labajo at third place, and Team Lea’s Darlene Vibares, fourth.


Darlene performs ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ with Lani Misalucha

(Click link to watch Juan Karlos’ performance with Gary Valenciano)


JK performed Eto Na Naman with Gary Valenciano and Darlene sang You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me with Lani Misalucha.


Grand Champion Lyca performs ‘Narito Ako’

At conclusion of Lyca’s performance on Sunday, Sarah asked her ward if she was aware she’s on the grand finals, to which Lyca said, yes.

(Click link to watch Darlene’s performance with Lani Misalucha)


Sarah then said that Superstar Lyca seemed not performing in the grand finals but in her own concert, with the crowd at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila clapping and screaming enthusiastically.


Get to know Lyca once again thru her slam book

Meanwhile, the second season of The Voice of the Philippines is set to premiere later this year.

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Darren to give house to Lyca, musical set to Darlene, money to church if he wins ‘The Voice Kids’

In a casual conversation of The Voice Kids Big 4 while sipping tea during break, Darren Espanto said that, in case he wins, he will give the money to his church and the house to Lyca (Gairanod).


‘TVK’ Big 4

Juan Karlos Labajo said he will share his winnings also to Lyca so she can buy house for her and her family, in case he wins.


Darren Espanto

Darlene (Vibares) protested that no one’s giving her anything. JK later said he will give Darlene financial support, five thousand (pesos) and guitar.


Lyca Gairanod

Darren first said he will give Darlene his moral support, but later changed his mind and said he will give Lea Salonga’s bet the musical set.


Darren, Lyca and Coach Sarah

The 53-second video was posted by Michael Asher Andal Hermo and shared to Sarah Geronimo’s Popsters.

Lyca fanatics, though, said nothing like this could happen as it’s their superstar who will win.


Darren and JK

The Voice Kids grand champion, to be known on Sunday, July 27, 2014, 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.


Juan Karlos Labajo

Darren is the strongest contender to the title, along with Lyca. Both are from Team Sarah.

(See related story Team Sarah vs Team Sarah: Darren and Lyca seen slugging it out in ‘The Voice Kids Champion’ final round https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/team-sarah-vs-team-sarah-darren-lyca-seen-slugging-it-out-in-the-voice-kids-champion-final-round/)


Darlene Vibares

Juan Karlos from Team Bamboo and Darlene are the other two grand finalists in the first edition of the singing reality franchise that originated in the Netherlands in 2010.


The Coaches with ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finalists

Click link to watch video clip



Darren plays big brother to Lyca


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Team Sarah vs Team Sarah: Darren, Lyca seen slugging it out in ‘The Voice Kids Champion’ final round

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.”


Lyca Gairanod

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 Espanto

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.


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





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‘The Voice Kids’ Big 4: Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene in grand finals!

After the votes were tallied basing on the performances of The Voice Kids Top 6 on Saturday, the Big 4 were announced by hosts Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga on Sunday in no particular order: Lyca (Gairanod) of Team Sarah (Geronimo), Juan Karlos (Labajo) of Team Bamboo, Darlene (Vibares) of Team Lea (Salonga), and Darren (Espanto) of Team Sarah.


Lyca Gairanod

Click link to watch opening number http://entertainment.abs-cbn.com/tv/shows/thevoicekids/videos/2014/07/20/the-voice-kids-semi-finals-opening-number


Luis, however, revealed that by ranking, topping the list was Lyca, followed by Darren, then JK and Darlene.


Darren Espanto

Click link to watch announcement of Big 4 http://entertainment.abs-cbn.com/tv/shows/thevoicekids/videos/2014/07/20/darlene-darren-juan-karlos–lyca-move-on-to-grand-finals

Tonton (Cabiles) was #5 and Edray (Teodoro) was #6.


Both Sarah’s Final 2 made it to the Big 4, making her the winningest coach, as Lea and Bamboo have one each.


Juan Karlos Labajo

Click links to watch performances of Lyca, JK and Darren




The Top 6 performed songs of their choice in the live semifinals – Darlene with I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston (who cried before finishing the last note as she dedicated it to her dead grandfather), JK with Sway by Michael Buble, Lyca with Pangarap Na Bituin by Sharon Cuneta, Tonton with One Day In Your Life by the young Michael Jackson, Edray with Beautiful by Christina Aguilera and Darren with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston.


Darlene Vibares

Click links to watch performances of Tonton, Darlene and Edray




Voting was open after the show and each of the Top 6’s supporters rallied behind their favorite contestant.

Earlier on the day, live on ASAP, the coaches and the Top 6 opened the Sunday show performing the late rapper Francis Magalona’s hits – Mga Kababayan Ko, Meron Akong Ano and Ito Ang Gusto Ko.


The girls performing ‘Let It Go’

The kids later performed again with mainstays Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto and Yeng Constantino doing Katy Perry’s Roar.


The boys performing ‘One Way Or Another’

The Voice Kids grand champion, known next week, 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.


‘TVK’ Big 4

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Darlene, Tonton, JK, Edray, Lyca & Darren battle for vocal supremacy in ‘The Voice Kids’ live semifinals

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?

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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