The Voice Kids Philippines Season 3 coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo Manalac, and Sharon Cuneta already picked their top 3 contestants who will advance to the reality-talent competition's Live Shows.
Coach Lea revealed her top picks last August 7. Meanwhile Coach Sharon and Coach Bamboo named their top 3 contestants last weekend, August 13 and 14. This season's top 9 will be battling it out on the Live Shows of the competition.
The Live Shows of The Voice Kids 3 will happen this Saturday, August 20, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Only four contestants voted by the public will advance to the Finals.
Here are the top 3 picks of Coach Lea, Coach Sharon, and Coach Bamboo:
Yessha dela Calzada
Yessha made it to Team Lea's top three acts for the live shows starting this weekend. The 7-year-old aspiring singer from Cebu City performed a Tina Turner classic titled "River Deep, High Mountain" for the Sing-Offs round of the Kapamilya talent search.
After her performance, Coach Sharon commended the young singer for an over-all good performance. Sharon said, "Yessha, that was such a good performance. Ang gusto ko ay yung power ng boses mo for a child your age. May mga konti sigurong notang nawawala pero forgivable, totally, because of your energy, your rhythm, your timing, your showmanship. Congratulations, that was a nice, nice performance!"
Meanwhile, Coach Lea lauded her energy while performing the song. "The only thing I asked, na kantahan mo si Lolo na talagang mahal na mahal na mahal mo. Parang mas malayo pa yung naabutan nung boses mo, hindi lang dito sa studio kundi pati na rin sa labas. Yung energy mong napakalas naramandaman niya so that was fantastic!"
Angel belted out Wency Cornejo's "Hanggang" which earned her a spot on Team Lea's top 3 contestants. After her performance, Coach Bamboo was a little speechless and commended her version of the song. Bamboo told the 12-year-old young singer from Laguna, "Good job! There's absolutely nothing wrong with that! A little critique, maybe on the refrain it's a little too low but overall, it's a really good performance."
Lea was also impressed with Angel's delivery. She noted, "Talagang ang galing mong magtuhog ng puso at saka pagkanta. Parang kinalimutan mo na lang yung mundo, basta kumakanta ka. And I'm excited because it's the best I've heard you sing! That was beautiful!"
Joshua of Antique also left the judges impressed with his version of Yeng Constantino's "Ikaw." Coach Bamboo was first to give his comment and told the aspiring singer, "Hey, Joshua! I enjoyed that performance, very emotional, very soulful! I always see him and I always say, 'Keep smiling, man!' Kasi bagay yun sa 'yo and I see you smiling while performing, I like that. That's a step up, right! I wanna wish you good luck!"
Meanwhile, Coach Lea admitted that she was surprised b yJoshua's performance during the Sing-Off. She told Joshua, "Nakakagulat ka kasi minsan pag nasa rehearsal, ninenerbyos agad ako kasi parang, 'Nasan yung puso ng batang ito parang kailangan ko pa yatang ilabas?' Pero pagkatapos kitang kausapin, may lumalabas na parang ilaw sa mata mo na parang ngayon ko lang siya talagang nakita ng ganito. Huwag mong kalimutan na ito yung pinakamagaling mong pagkanta sa ngayon."
John Carlo Tan
JC's version of Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" became his ticket to the show's semi-finals. Coach Lea complimented the young singer for his unexpected performance. Lea told JC, "Nakakagulat ka! The thing is, I didn't think you were capable of something like this at your battles 'cause I didn't know, I did not know! And now you come out on stage and you do that, wala sa bokabularyo ko yung tamang salita para ma-describe kung gaano ka kagaling!"
Sharon was proud that he was able to deliver something the other judges haven't seen yet. Sharon told him, "This one really showed the rest of your talent, yung hindi pa nila nakita! JC, I am so proud of you!"
Antonetthe also made it on Sharon's top 3 contestants. The 13-year-old aspiring singer from Paranaque City impressed the coaches with her cover of David Guetta and Sia's chart-topping hit "Titanium." Coach Bamboo commended how she handled the challenge and giving her best. He told Antonetthe, "I know may boses ka pero chinallenge mo yung sarili mo to move and dance, as well. I was so impressed na yung parang points na hinihingal ka but you still find the time yung pocket na hinga, when it's time to release, and sing out loud."
Sharon was also surprised by Antonette's performance. She told her, "Sinurprise mo naman ako sa galaw mo and nagbalanse naman in the end. May challenges na konti lalo na nung gusto kitang subukan sa English. Sinunod mo rin yung pag-correct ko sa diction mo. Kahit hindi na-perfect, malapit na. Antonetthe, it was a great performance, iha."
The 13-year-old aspiring singer from Davao City, Alvin Dahan, secured the last spot on Team Sharon's top 3 after rendering Chaka Khan's "Through The Fire." Coach Bamboo only had one comment for the young singer and told him, "What you can do with your instrument, amazing lang! My one critique lang always has been, yung boses mo, there's a manipulation to it. Parang you make it sound older than it is but aside from that, amazing!"
Sharon agreed, "You know, I think, I agree with Coach Bam. I was considering that, blinds pa lang pero iniisip ko rin, sometimes we get used to a certain way of singing."
Still, she praised Alvin for stepping up his game and for hitting the right notes of the song. Sharon told Alvin, "Kasi nung rehearsals medyo marami kaming sabit at takot na takot ako aksi medyo meron siyang hindi tinatamaan. Napakaganda ng pag-awit at performance mo ngayon. Thank you Alvin, tinamaan mo lahat ng nota."
Boracay's pride Xylein Herrera makes the cut on Team Bamboo's Top 3 after her version of Ed Sheeran's "Photograph." Coach Sharon said Xylein definitely has a place in her heart. She told Xylein, "Sa dami ng nag-perform sa lahat ng teams dito sa The Voice Kids, magaling lahat talaga ng nasa teams ni Coach Bamboo at Coach Lea. Si Xylein talaga sa akin, may connection sa puso ko. Ang galing mo anak."
Although Xylein missed an instruction, Coach Bamboo is still proud of her performance told her, "Yung strength mo is yung quality ng boses mo, sarili mong delivery, it's your own, it's how you do it. You missed one instruction though again at the end, but it's okay. It still sounded good. It's part of the game and what I have to think about."
Wyllian Heart Salvador
Heart advances to the next round after nailing her performance of the song "On My Own" from the musical Les Miserables. Coach Lea, who has been performing the song since the early '90s, was impressed by the 10-year-old singer's performance and commended her for delivering her own version of the song. She narrated, "Nung nalaman ko kung ano yung kakantahin ni Heart sinabi ko kay Bamboo, 'I hate you, I hate you so much!' But now that it's finished, 'I love you, I love you so much!'" She continued, "Nagandahan ako na wala kang ginagayang kahit sino sa pagkanta ng kantang yan. Very honest, yung emotion mo lumalabas."
Coach Bamboo pointed out what he liked about the young singer's performance. He told Heart, "I felt yung beginning mo, medyo kabado ka. It was a little too clean for me. pag kumakanta. You pour out your soul, yun ang gusto ko sa 'yo e. Yun ang gusto ko sa 'yo e. We got the blessing, right? So congratulations!"
Justin John Alva
Completing this season's line-up of semi-finalists is 12-year-old aspiring singer from Lucena City Justin Alva. Justin proves that he's also a contestant to watch for after impressing the coaches with his version of Lukas Graham's "7 Years." Coach Sharon only had good words to comment on the young singer. She told Justin, "Oh my god, this guy is gonna be deadly! I'm scared of you! I love your attitude on stage, I love your talent, I think you're handsome! I like the way you stand, the way you sing, the way you knid of sing rap. I love you!
Coach Bamboo praised Justin for stepping up his performance. Bamboo said, "Hiningi ko sa 'yo, you have to make me believe na you can step up to the moment. Pag binigyan kita ng challenge, you can step up and you passed that so congratulations!"