Through its concept of holding “blind auditions,” American reality show The Voice became unique in choosing contestants.
This is one of the reasons why the local coaches are excited to be part of the Filipino adaptation of The Voice of the Philippines.
Three of the four chosen coaches—Broadway Diva Lea Salonga, local rock superstar Bamboo Mañalac, Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, and international hip-hop artist Apl de Ap—chose the blind auditions as their favorite part of the show during the April 12 press conference held at ABS-CBN.
“It’s when you first hear the voice,” said Lea, explaining why she’s looking forward to the “blind auditions.”
“You’re sitting on a chair, you don’t see anything, the band starts to play and the voice starts to sing.
“It’s like going on a first date, wondering what this person looks like, what this person is going to do to live up with my expectations.
“It could go either way kasi minsan when the person walks in on that first date, ‘Hmm… I wanna pass on this one.’
“But when it’s something special, your heart starts beating so fast and you can’t stop it.”
Likewise, Sarah also chose the “blind auditions” as her favorite portion of the search.
The youngest Filipino The Voice coach said, “Ang show na ito ay isang talent search na hindi binabase sa looks mo, sa hitsura mo, ‘yong age. Talagang ang basehan ay ‘yong vocal ability.”
Similarly, Apl pointed out the “blind auditions” really focus on the singing talent of the aspiring contestant.
“It’s gotta be the blind audition kasi sometimes we get distracted by the looks, by the movements.
“In the blind audition, you just hear the voice and that’s what we’re looking for in The Voice of the Philippines so, it’s gotta be the blind audition.”
Through this process, Sarah is hoping that they’ll find a unique voice that will standout from among the aspiring contestants.
She said, “Sana may mahanap kami talagang totoong boses at hindi pa talaga nagagawa na style, ‘yong sa kanya lang.
“‘Yon ang kailangan talaga natin sa OPM, ‘yong ibang tunog, ‘yong ite-take ‘yong industry natin, ang OPM, to another level kasi pare-pareho na ang naririnig natin.
“Doon ako excited, na boses ang hinahanap natin dito, ‘yong intensity kapag nag-perform na siya on stage.
“Importante na total performer din ang makikita natin.”
Meanwhile, the lone coach who chose a different segment was Bamboo.
For him, “I’m not only excited but I also dread the ‘battle rounds.’”
This is a do-or-die match between two artists in the same team. Each must give their all to please their coach. Whoever is chosen will advance to the next round, which involves live performances.
The rock music artist thinks it may be very emotional for the mentors.
“It’s the point where kailangan kong tanggalin ang isang miyembro ng team ko, di ba?
“So, I do not know how I will react because I am an emotional person.
“I wanna see how I will react in that situation.
“I just wanna see myself in that situation.
“It’s gonna be tough, but I’m looking forward to that.
“It’s exciting but that’s also quite where I don’t know what will happen. Tingnan natin ang mangyayari.”
On the show, viewers also get a chance to participate by voting for their favorite contestants to prevent them from being eliminated.