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Lea Salonga apologizes to Daniel Padilla fans for her comment on The Voice Kids

by Nerisa Almo
Jul 27, 2014
Lea Salonga’s comment on Juan Karlos Labajo’s “Runaway Baby” performance, which irked some fans of Daniel Padilla: “‘Yong mga DJ na ‘yan, wala, sorry, their names will be erased once you get to that age. Ang charm mo, talagang nagamit sa number na ito, e.”

Fans of Daniel Padilla react to The Voice Kids coach Lea Salonga comment on Bamboo Manalac’s finalist Juan Karlos Labajo.

In the first night of two-night finale of the singing talent search show, Broadway actress Lea commended Juan Karlos for his charming performance of Bruno Mars’s “Runaway Baby” during the Up Beat round.

In her turn to comment, Lea told the Cebuano Charmer, “I’m actually looking at you as a 13-year-old and see what you’re going to be like five years from now.

“‘Yong mga DJ na ‘yan, wala, sorry, their names will be erased once you get to that age.

“Ang charm mo, talagang nagamit sa number na ito, e.

“‘Yong looks mo, ‘yong charm mo, talagang gamit na gamit. Your coach picked the right song for you.”

DJ is the popular nickname of She’s Dating the Gangster actor among his fans, who immediately expressed their disappointment over Coach Lea’s comment.


However, the winning coach of The Voice Season 1 was quick to clarify that her comment on Juan Karlos did not mean anything negative about Daniel.

On her Twitter account last night, Lea gave her apology to Daniel’s fans, who might have been offended by her comment.

Ohhh dear... I offer my deepest apologies to Daniel P and his fans. In building up JK I neglected to think that I might hurt other people.

— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) July 26, 2014

I meant no disrespect, but I humbly ask for forgiveness if that's how it came across. Sana mapatawad po ninyo ako sa aking pagkakamali.

— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) July 26, 2014

In connection to this, Twitter followers accepted Lea’s apology while others gave her their support.

@MsLeaSalonga what? I think it was a compliment towards Dj bec you made him the basis of fame. We should be thanking you instead

— SDTG 12th day (@knpepper26) July 26, 2014

@iMic27 @MsLeaSalonga agree, its non-offensive since you said "5 years from now" JK will most probably beat DJ.and i believe even now he do

— Ron Mia (@rojan88) July 26, 2014

POWER BALLAD AND UPBEAT ROUNDS. Meanwhile, the final four contestants of The Voice Kids showcased their singing prowess for a two-round vocal battle last night, wherein they each performed a power ballad and an upbeat song.

Bamboo’s contender, Juan Karlos, gave his rendition of The Beatle’s classic “Yesterday.”

Coach Sarah Geronimo told him after his performance, “You know, the best thing about you is you sing from the heart.”

Meanwhile, Coach Lea’s finalist, Darlene Vibares, was given Sharon Cuneta’s song “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas,”

Coach Bamboo was impressed about how Darlene still managed to keep identity while performing this song.


He told Darlene, “Umpisa medyo chilly ka. Pero ang maganda ay noong mahanap mo, dire-diretso ka na and you just gave it your signature, Darlene.

“‘Yong energy na binibigay mo sa kanta, ikaw lang ang nakakagawa n’on. You’re still sweet as you.”

In the upbeat round, where Darlene performed Charice’s “Louder,” Coach Lea took note of her protégé’s intonation.

She told the so-called Girl on Fire, “That is one heck of a performance, ‘yong kanina at ngayon.

“‘Yong kakwelahan mo, ‘yong intonation mo, wala akong marinig na mali, perfect. Wala na akong maihihingi sa’yo.”

She also added, “At ‘yong idolo mong si Charice, proud na proud siguro ‘yon kung nakapanood siya.”

Team Sarah’s Little Superstar, Lyca Gairanod, confidently sang Regine Velasquez’s song “Narito Ako” during the power ballad round.

In this round, Coach Sarah told her finalist, “Ipinakita mo ang galing mo, napakalaki ng potential mo.

“Ang galing mo sa pagkanta, ang galing mo sa pagkonekta sa kanta, talagang ‘yong meaning ng awiting ‘yon, nagpakita ka ng katalinuhan.


“Talagang nakikinig ka at ina-apply mo kung ano ang tinuturo sa’yo.

“Ipagpatuloy mo ‘yan, Lyca, at tandaan mo na kahit ano’ng mangyari, maraming-maraming nagmamahal at naniniwala sa kung ano pa ang kaya mong gawin sa pagtanda mo.”

In the upbeat round, Lyca showed the three coaches and the audience that she can also perform English songs by singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Lea told Lyca after her performance, “Grabe kang bata ka. Hindi ka lang bumibirit ng Aegis, hindi ka lang kumakanta ng mga power ballads, kung di marunong ka rin magpakwela sa mga kantang ganyan.

“Totohanan na ‘to, alam kong nahihirapan ka sa mga salitang Ingles… Okay ka rin sa English din pala.”

Darren Espanto gives his powerful version of Basil Valdez’s “Ngayon” in the first round.

His Coach Sarah told him after, “Kahit gaano ka ka-excellent sa performance mo, never kang naging complacent, never kang nanging over confident na bata.


“Nagpakita ka ng humility, you know how to listen to your coach kahit ikaw na nga yata dapat ang nagko-coach sa akin.

“Nakikinig ka but mayroon kang sariling desisyon.

“Sinabi mo na gusto mong itaas ang last word mo, ang ‘ngayon.’

“Natakot ako nung una pero ginawa mo perfectly.

“Talagang ginamit mo nang napakahusay at napakatama ang ngayon mo.

“Ngayon, pinatunayan mo na karapat-dapat ka talaga na tanghaling grand champion.”

In the upbeat round, Team Sarah’s Total Perfomer owned the stage while performing Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love.”

Coach Bamboo briefly told him, “I’m gonna keep it short and sweet, you’re ready.”

While Coach Sarah again reminded him, “Hinog na hinog na hinog ka na.

“Wala na. Wala nang dapat i-coach sa’yo sa totoo lang.

“Alam mo, masayang masaya ako na nagkaroon ng ganitong round kasi naipakita mo ‘yong forte mo.

“Lahat na lang forte mo, ano ba ‘yan!

“Congratulations, talagang bilib na bilib ako sa’yo dahil napakatalentado mong bata ka.”


FINAL ROUND. For the last round of the two-night finale, each contestant will be paired with guest local music artist—Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Lani Misalucha, Aiza Seguerra, and novelty rock group Aegis.

The winner will be determined by the accumulated votes for each contestant during each round.

The first The Voice Kids grand champion will take home P1 million, a one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot, a home appliance showcase, a musical instrument showcase, and a P1 million worth of trust fund.

The finale will happen tonight, July 27, at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, and will be aired live on ABS-CBN.

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