Top contenders of “The Voice Kids” gave not just one, but two performances on Saturday, July 26, at the Resorts World Manila for the first part of the two-night final showdown.
The first of the three-round battle had the Top 4 artists singing a power ballad. Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo of Team Bamboo got the ball rolling with his dramatic rendition of The Beatles’ “Yesterday.”
He almost didn’t finish the song as he began tearing up towards the end of his performance. When host Luis Manzano asked what made him cry, JK simply pointed upwards, apparently referring to his mother who passed away last year and is his biggest inspiration in the competition.
Coach Sarah Geronimo commended JK for showing that in spite of his natural charm and humor, he can also be taken seriously.
Darlene Vibares, who’s often flamboyant and intense in her performances, went for a subdued take on Sharon Cuneta’s “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas.” Despite a shaky start, her coach Lea Salonga praised the “Girl on Fire” for overcoming that and turning in a “beautiful” performance.
Garnering a standing ovation from the three coaches is Darren Espanto of Team Sarah for his soulful performance of Basil Valdez’s “Ngayon.”
“Sa lahat ng iniidolo ng batang ito, ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw,” said Lea, adding that Darren is the “total package.”
Sarah, meanwhile, praised Darren for remaining humble and coachable even if he’s much “ready” for stardom.
Concluding the first round is Lyca Gairanod, also of Team Sarah. Members of the audience were chanting her name after her performance of Regine Velasquez’s “Narito Ako.”
The Popstar Princess herself gave Lyca a standing ovation and praised her “little superstar” for connecting to the song and to her audience effortlessly.
For the second round, the Top 4 artists were asked to perform upbeat songs. JK had his coach Bamboo marveling at how the former made Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” his own.
Lea said JK made good use of his charm in that number. Yet moreso, the Cebuano Charmer showed that he’s an artist to watch out for.
“I'm actually looking at you as a 13-year-old and seeing what you're going to be like five years from now. ‘Yung mga DJ na ‘yan, wala, sorry...Their names are going to be erased once you get to that age,” she said.
Lyca, meanwhile, unveiled her more fun side by taking on the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe.” Lea and Sarah praised her for performing an English song in spite of being more comfortable with Filipino tunes.
Darlene delivered “one heck of a performance” according to Lea with her “Louder” number. The Broadway diva added that the song’s original singer, Charice, must be proud of Darlene’s performance.
Darren closed the show with Justin Bieber’s “Somebody To Love.”
“You’re ready,” Bamboo quipped.
Sarah also couldn’t help but gush over her artist’s performance, declaring Darren as “Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera combined.”
Tonight, July 27, the finalists will battle it out for the third round – a special number with a celebrity artist.
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