Young talents once again join Team Sarah, FamiLea, and Kamp Kawayan in the August 17 and 18, 2019 episodes of ABS-CBN’s talent competition, The Voice Kids Season 4.
KHAIL SAMSON, 8
Khail Samson is no newbie when it comes to the showbiz industry, as the 8-year-old aspiring singer is actually a commercial model.
Khail started modelling at the age of six, and already filmed a total of fourteen commercials as of August 2019.
Now, Khail hopes to embark on a new journey, this time hoping to pave a path in the music industry.
During the blind auditions, Khalil performed Yeng Constantino’s song “Salamat.”
However, towards the end of his performance, Khalil did not get any chairs turned. Coaches Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, and Bamboo gave him heartfelt advices.
Lea said, “Kung singing talaga ang gusto mong gawin, you have to keep practicing. Especially your intonation, the matching of your voice to the music.”
Sarah also gave him a tip by saying, “Kasi kailangan pang mas maging... sanayin pa yung tenga kung saan pupunta yung mga nota. Para sa susunod na umapak ka ng stage, na mag-audition ka, ready [na] ready ka na.”
Bamboo also gave him positive feedback. He said, “It made me happy that, at some point, you sort of found it [your voice].” He pointed out that during some parts of the song, Khail somehow “got lost” (or was not in tune) while singing. He then added, “You got to keep on working [on improving your vocal skills.]”
FRANCIS INDONTO, 12
Cagayan de Oro’s Francis Indonto learned how to sing from his parents. His dad taught him proper breathing and correct pronunciation, while his mom helped him gain confidence when singing on stage. And it’s also a plus that his dad joined amateur singing contests back in the days. That’s why it’s no surprise when Francis won a competition in school at the age of three.
Still, the now 12-year-old had his fair share of struggles, noting that he auditioned in Cebu, Bohol, and twice in Manila just to finally get the chance to stand on The Voice’s stage.
The singer sang “Isa Pang Araw” by Sarah Geronimo from her recent movie, the Filipino remake of the Korean film Miss Granny.
Despite not turning her chair during Francis’s performance, Sarah thanked him for singing her song. Lea also explained why she didn’t turn this time around, saying that although he has potential, it would be best to find a song that fits his voice.
Bamboo, however, warmly welcomed him as part of Kamp Kawayan, as the singer turned his chair for Francis.
MICHAEL CEDRICK EBE, 12
Twelve-year-old Batangeño Michael Cedrick Ebe wowed the judges when he earned three yeses that day. He sang Martin Nievera’s “Ikaw Ang Pangarap.”
Sarah noted how his performance started off strong, and if he chooses her as his coach, she plans to help him control his voice.
Lea added, “Sabi nga ni Sarah, yung unang tapon mo ang lakas na. Ang nagiging concern ko doon, saan ka na pupunta…. Ang nagustuhan ko sa naging performance mo, habang patagal ng patagal, pinakita mo na meron ka pang mapupuntahan. And then finally, you hit the note. And all of the sudden, the hairs at the back of my neck stood up.”
Bamboo complimented Michael by saying, “I found no fault sa performance mo. Solid na solid yung boses mo.”
In the end, Cedrick picked Lea as his coach and officially became a part of FamiLea.
PICA MABITAG, 10
Pica Mabitag joined The Voice hoping to help her family, especially her dad who’s working as a street vendor in Davao. She said during her interview, “Siyempre po, nalulungkot po ako [para] kay papa. Kahit ulan, init, nagbebenta po siya kasi mahal na mahal niya po ako.”
Pica showcased her vocal prowess through Carol Banawa’s song “Hanggang May Kailanman.”
Bamboo, who adored Pica’s voice, turned his chair for her, and was the only coach to do so. He explained his decision, “I found nothing wrong with the performance. It was just in control, patient ka, suave.”
Pica also expressed her gratitude by saying, “Masaya po ako na may magtuturo na sa akin ng husto,” as she only learned how to sing by watching YouTube videos.
STEPH LACUATE, 12
At an early age, Steph already loved to sing but was unable to take voice lessons due to financial difficulties. Still, due to his talent, Steph earned a vocal scholarship and was able to practice singing professionally without a fee.
During the audition, Steph sang the English song “Wildflower," and earned two yeses from Lea and Bamboo. Bamboo liked his “soulful voice” and how connected Steph is with his song choice. Meanwhile, Lea picked him due to the stability of his vocal cords.
While trying to choose a coach, the 12-year-old revealed that he is passionate about singing and flying kites. Surprisingly, Bamboo also love these two things. The rockstar hoped that their shared interest would win Steph over to his team.
However, Steph ultimately chose Lea as his coach, stating the reasons “hindi po siya namimili ng timbre ng boses” and “naghahanap po [si Coach Lea] ng tamang [taong] maga-guide niya.”
DALE AND DANE PARAGAS, 12
The judges had to double check if they were hearing double when twins Dale and Dane Paragas from Basilan auditioned in The Voice Kids. The two sang Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos’s duet “Dati.”
Although the two failed to get a yes, the judges still encouraged Dale and Dane to continue singing.
Sarah said, “Maganda performance [niyo.] Pakiramdam ko lang mas kailangan pa ng oras para maging mas hinog na hinog kayo. Para sa ganitong klaseng kompetition.”
Bamboo added, “Konting linis pa.” While Lea concluded, “Keep making music, makahiwalay man o magkasabay kayo.”
ANGELA RAGASA, 9
Talented 9-year-old Angela Ragasa can both sing and dance. She learned how to dance after taking an interest in her mother’s hobby, pole dancing. But Angela fell in love with the dance’s other variant, aerial hoops.
The confident young girl also revealed the reason why she decided to take a chance on becoming a singer. She said, “Gusto ko pong mag-perform sa TV, and gusto ko pong makita po ako ng family kong nasa TV po.”
She performed Creedence Clearwater Revival's track "Proud Mary." During the performance, both Lea and Sarah turned their chairs. Lea said, “Ang galing mo lang. Yung confidence mo, obvious na obvious.”
Sarah also observed, “First line mo pa, narinig ko na yung edge, e.”
In the end, Angela picked to be a part of Team Sarah as she and her family are fans of the singer-actress.
KAYCEE DAVID, 11
YouTuber Kaycee David joined the competition in the hopes of becoming an inspiration to her 1.9 million subscribers.
She elaborated, “If ever I get to win The Voice Kids, I will be able to finally inspire my fans. I promise to daddy and mommy that I will do my best no matter what.
Kaycee, like Khail, performed Yeng Constantino’s song “Salamat.”
Although she failed to get a chair turn, Lea mentioned that Kaycee is on the right path. She explained, “Since you're already parang in the right path that you're entertaining, keep doing what you're doing.” The coaches also noted that Kaycee should work on her vocal flexibility in terms of reaching both high and low notes. Staying optimistic, Kaycee vowed to “work harder.”
YSAHARA CEPEDA, 9
Nine-year-old Ysahara Cepeda was this Sunday episode’s superstar. The young songstress effortlessly sang with such a unique voice that the judges were left in awe and turned their chairs only a few seconds after she started performing.
Ysahara's song choice was the track “Tagu-taguan.” Sarah then boldly declared, “Tagahanga mo ako ngayon pa lang.” Ysahara said she was wearing her lucky red dress that day. But Lea assured her, “Hindi yung damit mo yung may power, ikaw.”
Bamboo backed up her claim by saying, “We turned for your voice.” The judges also described her vocals as “sarap lang pakingan,” “parang sariwang hangin,” and “natural lang.”
As the three tried to catch her attention, Ysahara had a hard time to choose a coach. But ultimately decided to be a part of Team Sarah.
Who’s your pick in last weekend’s The Voice Kids Season 4?