For this second season of The Voice Kids, the three judges, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga, had their own ways of signifying membership in their groups.
For Coach Bamboo, he opted to give gray scarfs to members of Kamp Kawayan and he ended by having his photo taken with a camera that printed their photo on the spot.
Coach Sarah opted to give away necklaces with the letter S as a sign of their friendship while Coach Lea chose to give medals as a sign that they will join Team FamiLEA.
The Battle Rounds of The Voice Kids 2 will commence next Saturday, July 25, 2015.
PEP presents the profiles of the 18 artists selected by Bamboo during the blind auditions:
MEET THE 18 ARTISTS FROM Team Kamp Kawayan
1. Romeo Espino
Nine-year-old Romeo Espino from Tondo, Manila impressed Coaches Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Manalac when he sang the hit Alamid song "Hesus."
“Ang gusto ko sa boses mo, parang anghel at ang boses mo ay natural,” beamed Coach Bamboo as the young boy joined Kamp Kawayan.
2. Atascha Mercado
Atascha Mercado from Novaliches, Quezon City performed Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be.” This three-chair turner picked Bamboo as her coach.
“The way you move, para kang nagko-concert,” Coach Lea told the 13-year-old contestant.
Mercado admitted she admired Coach Lea and Sarah but she picked Team Bamboo to serve as her mentor.
3. Altair Aguelo
The contestant from San Diego, California, Altair Aguelo, performed the Sam Smith hit song “Stay With Me,” which impressed the crowd and the three judges.
“You have something very natural. You are a very soulful singer,” Coach Bamboo told the 11-year-old kid from the U.S.
4. Christian Pasno
Christian Pasno, 10, from San Juan, Batangas made all three Coaches turn for him when he sang Jovit Baldivino's "Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin."
Coach Sarah told Christian, “Grabe ang talim ng boses mo, parang laser beam.”
Coach Lea added, “‘Yung puso niya ang nangingibabaw. Meron kang ganun, e.”
In the end, Christian chose Bamboo as his Coach.
5. Lance Kharl Macalinao
Seven-year-old Lance Kharl Macalinao from Carmona, Cavite sang One Direction's “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Coach Bamboo observed, “You got the audience with your performance. Yung ibang nota mo kanina, okay lang yun. Dala mo [pa rin] yung crowd, e.”
6. Martina Ortiz Luis
Another international contestant was able to pass the blind auditions. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Martina Ortiz Luis was able to enter the next round when she sang Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.”
“Your connection on the song was there. The power and the tone was also there,” Coach Bamboo told the 13-year-old artist.
Coach Lea said with glee, “I can’t wait to see how you will grow in the show.”
7. Benedict Inciong
Coaches Lea and Bamboo turned for Benedict Inciong of Lipa City when he sang “If I Sing You A Love Song.” However, the 11-year-old artist picked Bamboo as his coach.
“I think, I’m sure I know what to do with you,” Coach Bamboo told Benedict.
8. Nicole Apolinar
Nicole Apolinar from Cebu City was able to capture the heart of Coach Bamboo when she performed One Republic's “Secrets”.
“To be honest, what I hear from you is potential,” the rock icon told the 12-year-old contestant.
9. Sim Teves
When Sim Teves, 12, sang Sam Smith's “Stay With Me,” she received three-chair turns from the coaches.
“That was ethereal. Your voice quality is beautiful. The interpretation was very sincere,” Coach Lea told Sim who hails from Dumaguete City.
Coach Sarah pointed out, “The notes just glide and that is very, very special.”
Bamboo told her, “You have that special kind of quality I would want to have on my team. I just love it. I’m drawn to you.”
10. Emmanuel and Sandy Tanyo
Brothers Emman and Sandy Tanyo entertained the judges when they performed onstage using a diwdiw, a musical instrument created by their father using a “kaserola” (pot).
Emman, 12, and Sandy, 9, from Bohol performed their Visayan rendition of Pink's “Just Give Me a Reason.” The older sibling explained that their translation was about “panliligaw sa mga babae.”
“Parati kong sinasabi, yung hinahanap ko sa Kamp Kawayan ay ang kulay,” disclosed Coach Bamboo.
“Sa umpisa pa lang, nahuli niyo na ako. Isa sa paborito kong performances itong season na ito yung nakita ko kayong dalawa. Parang gumaan yung loob ko talaga.”
11. Alexis Prieto
13-year-old Alexis Prieto from Cebu City performed her version of “Balay Ni Mayang” (Visayan Song).
“That’s all I ask – the commitment to your heart of what you want to do. If you love this, you come here," Coach Bamboo told Alexis.
12. Kate Campo
Eight-year-old Kate Campo from Cardona, Rizal belted out Angeline Quinto's “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin.”
“Akala ko mga 10 ka na…yung kulay ng boses mo, may quality na magandang pakinggan talaga,” commented Coach Bamboo.
13. Sassa Dagdag
Sassa Dagdag, 12, from Angeles, Pampanga sang Sia’s “Chandelier” for the blind auditions of The Voice Kids.
Coach Bamboo, who, along with Coach Sarah, turned after hearing only a few notes, said he found the whole performance very interesting.
"I liked it all. Tapos yung dulo mo, when you suddenly took it soft, that showed me you want to make it your own, and make it different. I want you," he told Sassa. “Your tastes match mine. I want to develop you as an artist.”
Sarah observed, "Kumpleto itong batang ito. From her looks, paano siya tumayo sa stage, hindi niya kailangang bumirit, napaikot niya kaagad kaming tatlo."
14. Ashley Alcayde
By singing Maroon 5’s "Sunday Morning," Ashley Alcayde, 11, from Quezon City was able to pass the blind auditions.
Only Coach Bamboo turned for her which automatically put her through to the next level of the competition. The OPM artist pointed out that Ashley needs practice and control, “That’s something I can help you with.”
15. Paul Abellana
An 11-year-old boy from Cebu, Paul Abellana, revealed that he did not have any formal lessons but he loves singing. He joined ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition in order to help his mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When he sang Bruno Mars’ “Marry You,” Coach Bamboo turned his chair at the last minute.
“Ang linis ng pagkanta mo. Kaya lang napatagal ako [sa pag-ikot] kasi hinanap ko yung apoy sa pagkanta mo. Feeling ko, maituturo ko sa ’yo yun," Coach Bamboo told Paul.
After his performance, Sarah commented, "Ang linis ng pagkanta mo.
"Kulang pa sa puso siguro kasi hindi ka pa handang magpakasal. Ako lang ang handa na magpakasal! Joke!"
16. Narcylyn Esguerra
Narcylyn Esguerra from San Pablo, Laguna sang Vehnee Saturno’s “Natatawa Ako.”
Coach Sarah told the nine-year-old girl, “Minsan parang hindi ko maintindihan yung mga words mo. Parang masyado nang isinisigaw, pero andiyan naman si Coach Bamboo para i-guide ka.”
17. Crissel Ignacio
Nine-year-old Crissel Ignacio made Coach Bamboo Manalac turn because of her rendition of "Pangarap na Bituin."
“I am happy that I’ll be your coach,” said Bamboo to the girl from Cainta, Rizal.
18. Elha Mae Nympha
The 11-year-old girl from Quezon City, Elha Mae Nympha, wowed coach Bamboo Manalac with her version of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.”
“Yung power definitely nandun. It shows me that I have a very strong singer in fornt of me,” said Coach Bamboo before giving her the sarong that signifies she is joining Kamp Kawayan.