Apl de Ap of The Black Eyed Peas fame is the fourth coach of The Voice of the Philippines.
According to ABS-CBN News, the Filipino-American hip hop artist will sit in one of the swiveling chairs of the said reality show.
He will be joined by fellow coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac and Lea Salonga.
The four coaches will form a team of contestants whom they will train so that one of them will hopefully be named the first ever “The Voice of the Philippines.”
Lea Salonga started as a child stage actress and singer before becoming a Tony-award winning Broadway star in Miss Saigon.
In her teaser plug aired on ABS-CBN, Lea told viewers: “What you’ll get from me as a coach is honesty besides a Tony award and 35 years of experience.”
Meanwhile, Bamboo Mañalac was known for being the frontman of bands Rivermaya and Bamboo before becoming an award-winning solo artist. He accepted the project because he felt this is the right moment for him to pass on what he knows about music to a new breed of Pinoy music artists.
“I think I am very much ready to coach. There is a time for everything and I believe this is my time,” he was quoted as saying in a release provided by the ABS-CBN corporate communications department.
When asked what kind of artists he would like to coach, Bamboo pointed out, “I’ve been listening to rock for a long time but I also listen to other genres from rock to pop to folk to everything. I want someone who is open to all kinds of music; someone who is willing to listen and willing to learn.”
Sarah Geronimo is considered to be the Popstar Princess of the local entertainment scene. She has been recognized by major award-giving bodies in the country. In 2010, she was named Entertainer of the Year at the 23rd Aliw Awards.
Toni Gonzaga will be the Pinoy counterpart of Carson Daly who hosts the more popularly known U.S. edition of The Voice with Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton as celebrity coaches.
The Voice is a unique singing competition where auditions are based solely on vocal ability. In the first stage called the “blind auditions,” all four coaches must listen to the artist without facing him or her and must press their respective buttons if they want the artist to be part of the team they will mentor. Hitting the button will also trigger the coach’s chairs to swivel so that the coach can finally see the face behind the voice.
The coaches get to choose the contestants to form their respective teams. They will then dedicate themselves to develop their singers via mentoring and will pit two of their own team members in the second round called the “battle rounds.”
After the vocal face-off, the coach must then choose who among the singers will advance. Those who will survive in the battle rounds will proceed to the third stage— the live performance shows— wherein viewers can save them from elimination by voting.
In the end, each coach will have one star artist left to compete against the other team’s finalists and the last one standing will be named “The Voice of the Philippines.”