The Top Four contestants of The Voice Kids showcased their singing prowess during the first half of the finale aired on ABS-CBN earlier tonight, July 26.
Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, Lyca Gairanod and Darlene Vibares competed in two rounds tonight: the power ballad round and the upbeat song competition.
(To learn about their backgrounds, read: Meet the four finalists of The Voice Kids)
Lyca and Darren represent coach Sarah Geronimo, Juan Karlos Labajo is part of Kamp Kawayan (under coach Bamboo) while Darlene is mentored by Lea Salonga.
For the power ballad round of The Voice Kids, Darlene performed “Sana’y Wala Ng Wakas,” Juan Karlos sang “Yesterday,” Darren performed "Ngayon" and Lyca gave her rendition of "Narito Ako."
Darlene was introduced as the “Girl on Fire when she performed “Sana’y Wala Ng Wakas.” After her performance, Bamboo observed, “Noong umpisa, medyo shaky pero nung nahanap mo ang nota, dire-diretso ka na. You gave it your signature…it was so sweet.”
Lea said Darlene probably didn’t hear the start of the song because of the shouts from the crowd.
Juan Karlos was described as the Cebuano Charmer when he performed “Yesterday.”
When he reached the final note, he suddenly cried. Host Luis Manzano asked him why he cried and the young boy simply pointed upwards.
“You’re thinking of your mom who is very, very proud of you,” said Luis.
Sarah complimented Juan Karlos by saying that he looked very handsome that night. “Ang lahat ng pinakita mo sa competition na ito, ang iyong competence, ang iyong versatility, bukod sa charm mo, pinatunayan mo na you should be taken seriously as a singer and as a performer. The best thing about you is that you sing from the heart.”
Bamboo then revealed that Juan Karlos actually had problems with his voice earlier this week. “Namaos siya,” said the rock icon. "I see a singer. I see an artist. Possibly an actor...someone with all that charisma. You are a triple threat. You are my voice, man."
Darren was actually the one who chose to perform the Basil Valdez hit song "Ngayon."
Sarah revealed that they chose a power ballad that was in Tagalog “para maka-connect sa mga Pilipino.” She instructed Darren, “Kailangan nagkukwento ka lang pero lumalaban ka.” She noted that Darren has always been consistent.
As soon as Darren finished singing "Ngayon," he burst into tears and he admitted, “Emotional lang po.”
After his performance, Sarah praised him by saying that “never kang naging complacent. [Pinakita mo na] ikaw na yata ang dapat nagko coach sa akin. Yung last note, nagawa mo perfectly. Karapat-dapat kang tanghalin na champion ng The Voice Kids.”
As for Lyca “Superstar,” she belted out Regine Velasquez’s "Narito Ako."
After her song, Bamboo told her, “Natutuwa ako sa mga gestures mo. Ang pagkanta mo was very crystal-clear.”
As for Sarah, she pointed out, “Maraming nagmamahal sa ‘yo, ang laki ng potensyal mo sa pagkanta, nagpakita ka ng katalinuhan. Para kang matanda kasi ina-apply mo kung ano ang naituro sa iyo.”
UPBEAT SONG COMPETITION. As for the upbeat song competition, Juan Karlos sang Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby,” Lyca performed Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe," Darlene gave her version of Charice’s Louder, and Darren entertained the crowd with "Somebody to Love."
After Juan Karlos sang “Runaway Baby,” Lea told him that she sees him as a 13-year-old who will blow the competition away when he grows older. “Ang charm mo nagamit talaga sa song na iyon. Your coach picked the right song for you.”
Bamboo then told Juan Karlos, “You made the song your own. There's only one JK, nagiisa ka lang at it has been a pleasure being your coach.”
Lyca danced onstage as she performed the upbeat song "Call Me Maybe."
Lea commented, “Hindi ka lang humihirit sa Aegis. Alam ko nahihirapan ka sa English. Hindi ka nakapag-aral pero okay ka rin sa English pala.
As for Coach Sarah, she gushed, “Ang galing-galing naman ng English mo. May nakita kaming bago sa ‘yo. You have the makings talaga of a superstar.”
Darlene, who was wearing a sparkly dress designed with the UK flag, sang “Louder” by Charice.
Bamboo said about her performance, “Gusto ko na 110 percent, 120 percent, 140 percent ka sa pagkanta mo. You're a spark plug!”
Lea thumped her hands on the table as she praised her representative by saying, “Yung apoy mo nilabas mo talaga ngayong gabi. Yung idolo mo na si Charice siguro proud na proud siya sa ngayon. Lahat ng ginawa mo perfect!”
Finally, Darren closed the upbeat song competition with his performance of "Somebody to Love."
When asked for his assessment, Bamboo simply said, "You're ready."
Sarah agreed when she said, “Hinog na hinog ka na. Wala nang kailangan i-coach sa ‘yo. Forte mo ito, e. Lahat na lang forte mo! Para kang pinaghalo na Gary Valenciano at Martin Nievera.
The Voice Kids Top Four will perform with celebrity guests tomorrow for the third round of competition.
Hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, The Voice Kids will air its finale tomorrow, July 27.
The Voice Kids grand champion wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot, home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.
PEPsters, who do you you think will win The Voice Kids?