Filipino viewers got a surprise treat from The Voice of the Philippines when coach Lea Salonga performed with American Grammy-winning jazz artist Patti Austin at the live show Sunday night (September 8), eliciting cheers from the live audience and netizens on social media.
Salonga sang Austin’s hit “I Believe” with The Voice PH artists before calling on stage Austin, who joined and sang with her Austin’s song “In My Life.” Many netizens deemed the rare performance world-class, and were touched by Austin’s comment that “the greatest singers around the world tend to be from the Philippines.”
User @jerchiella said, “The crowd in Resorts World Manila are so lucky to see Patti Austin and Lea Salonga live. I would do anything to be there.”
Another user @looniestlove also posted, “What Ms. Patti Austin said to the singers from the Philippines are really humbling and makes you feel proud as a Filipino.”
The duet also became a trending topic, with the hashtag #LeaPattiHeartAndSoulOnTheVoicePH landing on the most talked about topics worldwide.
The Voice of the Philippines airs every Saturday, 9 PM, and every Sunday, 8:15 PM on ABS-CBN.