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.
See related stories in this blog:
- Darren asserts supremacy in both rounds of ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finals performances https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/darren-asserts-supremacy-in-the-voice-kids-grand-finals-performances/
- 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/
- 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/
- ‘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/
- Photos courtesy of Wheyee Lozada and https://www.facebook.com/TheVoiceABSCBN
- Videos from http://entertainment.abs-cbn.com/tv/shows/thevoicekids/videos/2014/07/27/the-voice-kids-finale