Who among Rence Rapanot, Alisah Bonaobra, Jason James Dy and Leah Patricio will win the second season of The Voice of the Philippines?
The finals of ABS-CBN's reality singing competition kicked off last night, February 28, at Resorts World Manila.
"Farmer Singer" Rence of Laguna represents Team Bamboo, "Biritera ng Bangketa" Alisah is part of Team Apl de Ap, "Haranista Heartthrob" Jason was mentored by Sarah Geronimo while "Belter ng Tondo" Leah was under the wing of Coach Lea Salonga.
The four coaches of The Voice PH Season 2 opened the show with an energetic production number.
Coach Lea and Coach Apl gave a lively interpretation of "Feel This Moment" along with their team's representatives Leah and Alisah.
Coach Sarah and Coach Bamboo then gave a rousing rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Sing" along with Jason and Rence. The Popstar Princess even made the move to do the rap portion of the song.
For the grand finals, there are four rounds: two of which were aired last night while the other two will be shown this Sunday.
Voting lines are opened after every round. Only one vote per sim per round will be counted. The votes from the February 28 episode will be added to those garnered on the March 1 episode.
The winner, who will be chosen solely by the voting public, will be revealed this Sunday, March 1.
FIRST ROUND: ARTIST'S DUET WITH GUEST ARTIST. For the first round, the four finalists had the chance to perform with well-known OPM artists.
Alisah Bonaobra performed "Ako ang Nagwagi" with Dulce
Coach Lea described this decision as an "ambisyosa move since Dulce is notoriously difficult to sing with. Take it from somebody who has actually sung with her.
"Kahit bumubulong ang babae na 'yan, nayayanig ang building na ito. Up until this time, everything was easy pero pinahirapan ka ng babaeng 'yan."
Coach Sarah agreed by saying, "Hindi madali yung ginawa mo kanina na makasama mo si Dulce sa isang song number.
"Kahit bata ka pa at kahit 'di mo inabot ang song na ito, connected ka. Yung maturity mo nandun as an artist. Congratulations, Alisah. Ang galing-galing mo."
Rence Rapanot sang "Karaniwang Tao" with Joey Ayala and Bayang Barrios
Coach Apl praised Rence for his performance and hailed him as a future OPM artist. "Hey Rence, nakapag-jamming ka with the legends on stage because you deserve it. I love what you stand for, keeping OPM music alive. And I see you as an OPM artist in the future, so good job."
Coach Lea refuted the Black Eyed Peas member by saying, "Anong future-future ka diyan? I see you as an OPM artist now. I loved this number. Mukhang nagrehearse kayo ng at least isang linggo. Bagay na bagay talaga kayong tatlong magsama diyan sa stage. Mukhang napakadali ng trabaho. Yun ang nagustuhan ko sa number na ito. Sobrang gustong-gusto ko 'to."
Leah Patricio performed "Muli" with Jed Madela
Coach Sarah believes that the music industry needs a singer like Leah. "Grabe! Very, very beautiful singing. Ipaglalaban ko na magpatuloy ka, kahit matapos na 'tong kompetisyon na ito, ipaglalaban ko kasi kailangan ka ng industriyang ito. You are a pro, and this industry needs a pro."
Coach Bamboo simply said, "Amazing performance and congratulations."
Jason Dy sang "Wrecking Ball" with Charice Pempengco
Coach Bamboo said about the "Haranista Heartthrob ng Butuan: "Nagustuhan ko dun ang intensity. You brought the game face, you are ready, congratulations."
Coach Apl commended Jason by saying, "Amazing job. You have grown so much in this competition. I've seen you dance, do all kinds of different things."
The Black Eyed Peas member then complimented Coach Sarah: "Great job, Sarah, and congratulations with that performance."
SECOND ROUND: SOLO SONGS.
Jason Dy sang "With You"
Coach Sarah made the sign of the cross as she uttered, "Help me Lord." She then addressed Jason when she said: "I will never forget the very first time when I heard your voice, nakatalikod ako at napaka-espesyal nun. I held onto that [memory of his blind audition], pero napatunayan mo na there's more to that. You helped yourself develop into a full-grown artist that you are now, because you are willing to learn. Alam mo na magaling ka pero napatunayan mo na may igagaling ka pa."
Alisah Bonaobra sang "Love on Top"
Coach Apl referred to Alisah as the future of OPM when he said, "Alam mo Alisah, marami nang words ang ginamit para i-describe ka: mahusay, malinis kumanta, mapagmahal na bata – pero sa akin, isang salita ka lang... pag-asa. Pag-asa ng bawat Filipino na katulad ko rin na minsan din nangagarap para makaperform sa stage na ito. Vote for Alisah kasi siya ang future ng industriya na ito."
Rence Rapanot sang "Estudyante Blues"
Coach Bamboo commended Rence for being a staunch supporter of OPM. "Kung babasehan natin from anong nangyari these past few months, kung paano mo tsina-champion ang OPM, team OPM, man, yung prinsipyo mo...good luck."
Leah Patricio sang "Titanium"
Coach Lea said about the "Diva ng Tondo": "Leah has all the goods to be a diva. Magaling siyang kumanta, marunong rin gumalaw pero ang pinakamaganda kay Leah Patricio ang puso niya. Yung puso niya nilalagay niya sa lahat ng kinakanta niya. Sa lahat ng mga kinakanta niya, yung boses ng Diyos lumalabas sa kanya."
Hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Luis Manzano, Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo, The Voice PH will feature another set of performances this Sunday, March 1.
PEPsters, who do you think will win The Voice PH Season 2? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.