In the Knockout Round, the four coaches have to pick the final 12 for The Voice Teens.
Coaches Bamboo Manalac and Lea Salonga had to choose their magic three in last Saturday and Sunday episodes. The results were quite intriguing and loaded with surprise picks.
One instance saw coaches Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta, and Lea all rooting for the same guy, only for the one actually picked by Bamboo himself to officially advance.
That's the beauty of this competition, turnouts happen without patterns. It all boils down to one man's or woman's decision.
The contestants in this round were grouped into three with each battling it out to earn that one slot to go to the live shows.
The aspiring singers were often seen in prayer mode after giving their best shot.
Here are some points why choosing those particular names over others were sound decisions.
TEAM BAMBOO PICKS FOR THE LIVE SHOWS
Emarjhun de Guzman ("Sorry") advances, eliminating Heather Hawkins ("Crazy") and Carlos Navea ("No Diggity")
When you can sing Justin Bieber's "Sorry" without ever falling into the trap of trying to sound like the Canadian millennial phenomenon, then it's homework done. Emarjhun effortlessly owned the song and his performance slowly but surely grows on you.
Some gay singers can't stop sounding like homo while in performance. It says a lot about him that he was able to sound manly enough that those with weak gaydars won't detect he's actually very gay offstage.
Lea thought Carlos was the one who owned the stage while Sharon safely picked the mestiza she said she "gave birth to."
Sarah differentiated the three through some flavors before picking Emarjhun.
Bamboo left a nice line by telling the three to "leave the stage validated, not disappointed."
Queenie Ugdiman advances ("Ang Huling El Bimbo") eliminating Angelo Go ("Ako'y Sayo, Ika'y Sakin) and Jem Macatuno ("Sorry Na Pwede Ba")
Queenie, the lola's girl from Iloilo, may have surprised everyone after she was picked over Angelo who got the nods of three judges save for the one picking. Well, the aspiring singer deserves it for retelling the classic Eraserheads narrative with soulful class, giving it extra sensuality that took the song from the "madilim na eskinita" to a well-lighted, cool lounge.
Angelo could have been a safe choice for Bamboo. While he has the vocal sentimentality, there's not much excitement in his rendition of the I-Axe classic.
Queenie, who said she's excited "sa mangyayari" in the live shows, gave the song's famed celebrity Paraluman an interesting facelift.
Sarah thought it was Angelo who brought her to "ibang mundo" while Lea praised the same guy by describing his take as "quietly intense, heartfelt performance."
Isabela Vinzon ("Something's Got A Hold on Me") advances, eliminating Bea Munoz ("All I Ask Of You") and Patricia Bonilla ("Climb Every Mountain")
Isabela's performance possessed grit, sex appeal, and all that jazzy touch.
Anak ng Lucena Patricia B did get two nods, with Sarah so animated in her description of the fireworks-display performances that her ring fell off to the tune of some comical background sound.
While Lea reasoned it's a matter of taste that she went for Lala [Isabela], it's Bamboo that spoke of the urgency to put the chosen one to the next round. "It's her time now," he declared.
When Isabela, the daughter of actor Roi Vinzon, was picked for the next round, Coach Bamboo told her, "You earned it."
TEAM LEA PICKS FOR THE LIVE SHOWS
Mica Becerro ("Thinking of You") advances, eliminating Brandon Ungab ("Panalangin") and Shell Tenedero ("Somewhere Out There")
While the song she sang and the way she did it easily put her in good position to get the right vote, Mica performed the musical favorite controlled and calm, prompting Lea to say she sang it "exactly the way I wanted you to."
Brandon, the shy songwriting guy from Bohol, did good with an APO Hiking Society classic and he got picked by both Sarah and Sharon. Sarah admits being surprised that he improved that well, while Sharon simply thought he connected.
Yet, his performance was unspectacular. In Lea's assertion, no way he could beat someone who gives classical music "relevance."
Patricia Luna ("Ang Buhay Ko") advances, eliminating Erica Ladiza ("I Have Nothing") and Sophia Ramos ("Narito Ako")
Simply put, Patricia had a great song choice delivered in hauntingly smooth rendition. It became her main arsenal in beating opponents interpreting noted contest pieces.
The Asin piece is empowering in itself and she took that to the hearts of her generation without having to sing at the top of her lungs. Surviving members of that Pinoy folk group should be smiling from ear to ear upon hearing her take of their song.
Sharon pointed out Patricia's vocal character and quality as Bamboo voiced out the sweeping declaration "I believe in you."
While Lea was initially having a hard time who to pick (even praising Erica for her uniqueness and telling Sophia that she showed her again why she fell for her in the first place), she eventually firmly decided by announcing "I am picking you!"
Patricia arguably tried to push for her victory spot by altering a line in the song to put in Coach Lea's name as a little gesture of patronage. She didn't have to do that and it sounded cheap.
Yet, even without it, she could still take the cake.
Chan Millanes ("The Last Time") advances, eliminating Felipe De Leon ("Usok") and Julian Juangco ("All of Me")
Not even Felipe's overbearing crowd control could take away the fact that Chan delivered a classier performance. That was emphasized when Bamboo admitted not having him on his radar "until today." It showed how he raised the bar going into this knockout round.
Sarah felt herself smiling all throughout Chan's on stage showcase.
Sharon made a word play on the name of Chan (which she rhymed with "tiyan") to indicate that she picked Chan. Still, she joked that she wanted tp adopt Felipe.
The Megastar said, "Idadagdag ko na lang na gusto kong i-adopt si Felipe. Mamili ka, Cuneta o Pangilinan."
To which Lea butted in, saying "Hindi ka magugutom!"
A bewildered Felipe smiled at Sharon's joke. And he watched the megastar display her fit-looking tummy, who the. quipped "Ang pipiliin ko yung di ko namimiss, my tyan." (Tiyan soundling like Chan)
Again, sad to say but Felipe was enjoying himself too much that the essence of putting his voice on the firing line is overshadowed by his extra vocal and body movements. You can't make singing appear too easy. There must be some sort of struggle to really connect through. Besides, "Usok" meant more than just feel-good dancing to it.
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