“In God’s time talaga, binigyan ako ng chance. Hindi ko naman inisip na aabot ako sa stage na ‘to,” said a teary-eyed Jason Dy after being proclaimed as the grand winner of The Voice PH Season 2.
Now that he has won ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition, Jason is looking forward to eating ice cream as his way of rewarding himself for a job well done.
“Unang-una kong gagawin, kakain ako ng ice cream!” exclaimed the 24-year-old singer dubbed as the “Haranista Heartthrob.”
“Hindi pa ako kumakain ng ice cream simula nung live show. Kakain ako ng matamis, kakain ako ng maraming ice cream!”
The singer from Butuan City was able to win a brand-new car, a recording contract under MCA Universal, a P100,000 musical instrument package, a P350,000 Asian tour package for two, a business package worth P1 million, and a house and lot worth P2 million.
The Voice PH Season 2 just capped its second season and Jason of Team Sarah Geronimo was able to win with his smooth voice and “kulot” style of singing.
The final scores were quite close since dubbed the “harana king” got 52.94% of the votes while runner-up Alisah Bonaobra (of Team Apl de Ap) got 47.06%.
The other contenders were Leah Patricio (of Team Lea Salonga) and Rence Rapanot (of Team Bamboo).
Prior to the final showdown with Alisah, Jason earned the nod of Lea Salonga as her bet for the big winner. Lea’s reasoning was that unlike Alisah, Jason did not need to belt out high notes to prove that he can sing well.
Jason’s coach, Sarah Geronimo, made a similar statement during the interview held at Resorts World Manila right after the announcement was made last March 1.
“Sobrang unexpected,” said the Popstar Princess about Jason’s triumph.
Why did she cry when Jason was announced as the winner of The Voice PH Season 2?
Sarah explained, “Ang galing-galing at napakahusay ni Alisah [Bonaobra, runner-up]. Sabi ko nga, mahirap humanap ng artist na hindi kinakailangang bumirit para ma-touch yung puso mo pag kumakanta sila.”
Jason turned to Sarah as he greeted her, “Gusto kong batiin si Coach ng happy anniversary kasi pareho kaming March 1 nanalo.
“Sabay kaming mag-a-anniversary next year.”
He added with a smile, “’Ika nga nung kinanta ko kanina na ‘Angels Brought Me Here,’ ikaw yung anghel na nagdala sa akin dito.”
What advice did Sarah tell Jason while he was under her tutelage?
“Kumanta galing sa puso. Hindi yun dahil sa high notes o sa lakas ng boses.
“Jason has his own voice na hindi mo maririnig sa iba. Saka world-class. Pwede mong isabay kay Sam Smith, kay Beyonce.”
Did Sarah cry because she recalled her own winning moment when she joined a reality talent search?
“Oo,” admitted the winner of Star for a Night in 2003. “Ine-expect ko kasi ang worse na, hindi ako nag-e-expect ng kahit na ano. Kaya sobrang gulat na gulat ako.”
Prior to joining the competition, Jason worked as a “haranista” (someone gets paid to personally serenade people) and a demo artist.
However, some netizens pointed out that though Jason is a good singer, the other finalists were clearly at a disadvantage because Jason came from an influential family who allegedly had a gym in Butuan filled up during the voting to assure his win. Another group of netizens pointed out that his advantage came from the fact that his coach, Sarah Geronimo, has a big fan base, referring to the Popsters who voted for their idol’s mentee. Coincidentally, Jason won on March 1 which was also the day his Coach Sarah won the talent search that catapulted her to fame.
Regarding his detractors who say he does not deserve to win, Jason seemed to be unfazed and just gave a simple answer: “Ang masasabi ko lang, meron naman po tayong kanya-kanyang opinions po. Hindi naman po natin mapi-please lahat at God bless na lang po sa kanila…at patuloy na lang po nilang i-voice out ang opinion nila. Right po nila yun.”
The grand finals were held over the course of two nights, Saturday and Sunday. The February 28 episode featured two rounds: the first with a guest artist, and the second set being their solo performances. The March 1 episode consisted of a duet with their respective coaches, and another set of solos.
Jason chose “Angels Brought Me Here” and “If I Ain’t Got You” as the two songs he sang for the Sunday episode. He opted to inject a pop-jazz feel to these songs instead of belting them out. Noticeable was the way he played with note placement doing his “kulot” style of singing to add zest to the songs.
When asked how he plans to spend the cash prize from the competition, Jason quipped, “Hindi ko pa naiisip…bigay ko na lang sa mommy ko.”
The singing champ then shared the greatest lesson he learned from Sarah over the course of the competition.
“Kumanta galing sa puso kasi maraming magagaling na singers pero ang hinahanap ng tao ang connection. Yung maramdaman nila kung ano ang gusto mong ipahiwatig sa kanila.
“Kaya laging ine-emphasize lagi ni Coach na kumanta galing sa puso.”
(To view the winning moments of Jason Dy, CLICK HERE)