The Voice of the Philippines coaches Lea Salonga, Apl de Ap of Black Eyed Peas, Bamboo Mañalac, and Sarah Geronimo have begun doing blind auditions for ABS-CBN's newest reality singing competition.
The show is structured with the following competition stages: blind auditions, battle rounds, and live shows where the audience will decide who will win the show.
The Voice stands out from other reality singing competitions because of the blind auditions, wherein the coaches choose their members based solely on the contestants' vocal prowess.
When the contestant has impressed a coach, the coach will hit a red button that will swivel his/her chair so s/he can see the singer for the first time.
One chair turn means that singer automatically joins the team of that coach. If there are two or more coaches that select the artist, the singer has the chance to choose the team that s/he wants to join.
Upon watching the first two episodes aired last June 15 and 16 on ABS-CBN, here are some things we would like to see more in The Voice of the Philippines:
1. More confidence from Sarah Geronimo
During the first day of the blind auditions, Sarah Geronimo was unable to get a member for her team. She was pitted several times against other vocal coaches but contestants end up choosing other teams over her.
She has a tendency to gush like a fan girl, making her seem younger and perhaps less authoritative.
It's a pity since the Popstar Princess actually gives sound and practical advice to contestants.
While trying to convince a contestant to join her team, Sarah had this to say: "Huwag n'yo sana ako i-small-in."
In the end, Junji Arias chose Sarah over Lea Salonga and Bamboo and no one was more surprised than Sarah herself.
Sarah has a lot to offer since she has conducted several sold-out concerts and earned 24 Platinum and 8 Gold Record Awards in a span of 10 years.
What's admirable is that Sarah is humble enough to admit that working with these singers (most of whom are much older than her) will be mutually beneficial to both parties.
2. More inspiring stories from Apl de Ap
It is inspiring to hear anecdotes from Apl de Ap (Allan Pineda in real life) about his pre-Black Eyed Peas days.
The Filipino-American hip-hop artist is open about his humble beginnings. He even revealed that while growing up in Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, he used to deliver uling (charcoal) for his mother.
It's also a bonus hearing Apl de Ap talking Kapampangan fluently. He had a lengthy conversation with his cabalen (townmate) Miriam Manalo wherein he repeatedly said sorry to the singer that he couldn't pick her for his team.
3. More fun moments from Lea Salonga
It is refreshing to see Lea Salonga bring her hair down and loosen up on the small screen.
The Broadway Diva loves dancing in her red seat and her enthusiasm is definitely infectious. Lea might seem too formal at times but this show allows viewers to get a glimpse of the wacky side of the international artist.
Corazon dela Cruz of Cavite gives a quirky rendition of "Usok" that makes Lea clap her hands and snap her fingers.
But the clincher is when Lea tells Corazon, "May libog ang boses mo. Yung performance level mo nakakaloka."
4. More charming quips from Bamboo
For a lot of people who avidly followed the American version of The Voice, Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine served as eye candy of the show.
With his bedimpled smile and intense gaze, Bamboo just might well be the reason why viewers choose to watch this reality show.
When Bamboo tells the stunner Deborah Victa that "We're gonna play around..." there are immediate reactions to what he seems to be implying.
Lea even jokes, "I'm scared!"
We can't wait to see how things turn out in Camp Kawayan.
5. More 4-Chair Turns!
It's exciting to see all four coaches swivel around in an effort to recruit the same contestant to their team.
It's also entertaining to hear their arguments to convince the contestant to join their respective teams.
While trying to convince Darryl Shy to join his team, Apl even offered the sessionista the chance to be featured in his album.
These moments become opportunities for some good-natured teasing and ribbing among the coaches and become a treat for viewers as well.