Last weekend's vocal showdowns at The Voice Teens gave viewers another picture that at the end of the day, the one with a stronger voice holds up while some tight battles have to be decided more or less by instinct.
At one point, audiences saw Coach Bamboo Manalac wanting to say more before sealing someone's fate, only to cut himself off, telling everyone, "Let's get down to it."
Let's take a quick recap at how the coaches saw the performances. Here are points to ponder about ABS-CBN's reality talent show:
BATTLE ROUND: Erika vs. Nisha ("Nothing Compares To You")
(Sarah picks Nisha Bendana over Ericka Tenorio: Nothing Compares to you)
Hearing the comments from the three other judges, it was expected that Sarah will pick Nisha over Ericka. The Pop Princess did praise Ericka for her ability to deliver the track with so much heart. Then, to provide reason for her choice, she said that Nisha is experienced and not afraid to belt out.
The difference: Nisha's voice sounds classier. She's the one you'd rather bring in front of a picky foreign audience without worrying a bit.
BATTLE ROUND: Fatima vs. Shell ("Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon")
(Lea picks Shell Tenedero over Fatima Espiritu: Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon)
This was a close call. That judge Bamboo noted "patas na patas" and Lea stated "pareho kayong deserving" only shows it's almost a tie. Sarah was more decisive in her commentary, implying that Shell got her right off the bat.
The difference: While Fatima is beautiful on her own, Shell appears visually prettier. Yes, it should mainly be a battle of voices. But somewhere at the back of a judge's head, the more presentable one has the edge.
BATTLE ROUND: Christy vs. Mica ("Ave Maria")
(Lea picks Mica Becerro over Christy Lagapa: Ave Maria
Coach Sharon said the performance "made my night." Sarah mused that Mica was able to bring listeners to heaven and Christy also showed her vocal skills as if to say "kaya ko din 'yan." Lea ultimately expressed that Mica infused "a connection even though you sang in German the whole time."
The difference: Mica had the meatier part of the song to tackle and when the moment arrived, she nailed it with gusto.
One of the highlights was when the three other judges: Coach Bamboo, Coach Sarah, and Coach Sharon pressed the STEAL button so they could have Christy on their respective teams.
Christy picked the Megastar since the veteran singer believed in her already during the blind auditions.
BATTLE ROUND: Carlos vs. DJ Coaile ("Cold Water")
(Bamboo picks Carlos Nava over DJ Coaile: Cold Water)
Bamboo told Carlos "you have your own take to it" while Sarah commended DJ for his wide vocal range. Lea simply voiced that it is a "well-rounded performance" overall.
The difference: Carlos is a better rapper, and sounds more confident.
BATTLE ROUND: Jem vs. Jouie Anne ("Pag-ibig/Masaya")
(Bamboo picks Jem Macatuno over Jouie Anne Reyes: Pag-ibig/Masaya)
Sharon was all praises to the point of saying, "Pipiliin ko kayong dalawa." But Lea kept it short and sweet, choosing the phrases "fair fight" and "well-done."
Then she branded Jem "Mr. Personality. The difference: Jem sings with sensuality.
BATTLE ROUND: Jeremy vs. Heather ("Sana'y Maulit Muli")
(Sharon picks Jeremy Glinoga over Heather Hawkins: Sana'y Maulit Muli)
Bamboo chose Heather's "spot-on" delivery while Lea shared that she held her breath "the whole time" because it was "so beautiful." Sarah mentioned Jeremy's vocal control while Sharon asked everyone to steal the one she's not picking.
The difference: Jeremy had obviously more grip on Tagalog lyrics and how it should be delivered with consistently strong emotion.
BATTLE ROUND: Arisxandra vs. Kathleen/Arlene ("You")
(Sharon picks Arisxandra Libatino over Kathleen/Arlene Badong: You)
Lea described the performance as a "clean three-part harmony" which is something she's immersed herself into. Sharon reiterated that the Badong twins and Arisxandra had only hours before the show to rehearse it together.
The difference: Arisxandra is a powerhouse voice and while their three voices meld well, one could easily tell who the lead singer is.
BATTLE ROUND: Chan vs. Clark ("In The End")
(Lea picks Chan Millanes over Clark Gamul: In The End)
While Sarah said that Clark connected, Sharon gave a more technical view of the other artist, taking note of Chan's "variations" and "vocal placements."
Bamboo, however, put it bluntly when he said that as the performances progresses, "We saw who the stronger and more solid singer was and that for me is Chan."
The difference: Chan's vocal quality has the swag that leaves a more enduring mark.
And it would have been better to hear him sing the bridge part that goes, "I've put my trust in you/Push as hard as I can go."
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