Meet the kids behind the big and unique voices who are ready to make their dreams come true in the highly anticipated premiere of the ultimate singing-reality search “The Voice Kids” this May 24 on ABS-CBN.
Expect the same tension in the battle for vocal supremacy as returning coaches Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, Rock Superstar Bamboo, and Broadway Diva Lea Salonga find the best voices of Filipino kids aged eight to 14. Like the other international versions of “The Voice Kids,” only three coaches will sit in the red swivel chairs and select the artists they want to mentor just by listening to the aspirant’s singing voice in the Blind Auditions.
“It’s a big privilege to get to work with some amazing kids, and hopefully be able to influence them the right way,” said Lea.
Sarah said she feels a deep connection with the young artists as she herself joined several amateur and TV singing contests as a child.
“I see myself in them. I believe it’s my strength and it will help me in coaching them, because I went through everything they are going through,” shared Sarah.
Bamboo, meanwhile, admitted coaching in the kids edition of the program would be difficult just as he had predicted, but sees it as a huge challenge.
“With adults, you already know where they’re headed as an artist. With kids, it’s still a gray area. So I carefully listen to every child so I can give justice to their performance when I comment, whether I turn around or not,” he said.
By the end of the Blind Auditions, the coaches must have selected 18 artists for their respective teams who will proceed to the next rounds of the competition.
The Battle Rounds in the kids version is slightly different from the adults version in that in the former, each coach will have to pit three members on their team by singing one song together. Only one from each grouping will advance to the Sing-Off, where six artists from each team will try to give their all to impress their coach.
In the Sing-Off, each coach must pick two artists who will get into the Semi-Finals. From these six semi-finalists, the Top 4 artists will be selected that will battle it out in the grand finals. This means that one of the coaches might have two star artists who will compete in the finale.
“The Voice Kids” will be hosted by Luis Manzano with Alex Gonzaga.
“I’ve been exposed to kids, so more or less I already know what to say to them and how to make them feel better. I like the backstage area, because they still don’t have that nervousness in them. I get to know their stories, why they’re here, the things they want to accomplish,” said Luis, who previously hosted “Star Circle Kid Quest,” “Junior Minute to Win It,” and “Pilipinas Got Talent.”
For the very first time, Luis will be working with Alex, one of the V-Reporters in “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 1.
“Members of the staff tell us we shouldn’t be working together, because we just laugh and joke around the whole time. But we’ve known each other for the longest time, and it’s honestly a pleasure to work with her,” Luis said.
Alex, for her part, prepared so much for her hosting duties especially that she’s tasked with interacting with the young artists in the ‘tension room.’ According to her, she is able to refresh everything she learned as an Education major in college.
“You have to use different techniques to deal with children, because some of them feel like ‘The Voice’ is their last shot. Before they take the stage in the blind auditions, I am there to boost their morale. They’re kids, so they might get starstruck by the coaches or get intimidated by the lights. I encourage and make them feel at ease,” shared Alex.
Don’t miss the premiere of “The Voice Kids” this May 24 on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, visit thevoice.abs-cbn.com, like www.facebook.com/thevoiceabscbn, or follow @thevoiceabscbn on Twitter and @abscbnthevoice on Instagram.
BOSES NG MGA BULILIT, BIBIDA NA SA “THE VOICE KIDS” SIMULA MAYO 24
Makikilala na ang mga bulilit sa likod ng mga higante at kakaibang boses na haharap sa hamon ng pagtupad ng kanilang mga pangarap sa inaabangang pagsisimula ng “The Voice Kids” ngayong Mayo 24 sa ABS-CBN.
Parehong tensyon ang dapat na abangan at parehong galing sa pagkanta ang hahanapin ng nagbabalik na coaches na sina Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, Rock Superstar Bamboo, at Broadway Diva Lea Salonga sa mga batang Pinoy na may edad na walo hanggang 14 taong gulang. Katulad ng ibang international versions ng “The Voice Kids,” tatlo ang uupo sa coaches’ chairs para piliin ang young artists na kanilang ime-mentor sa pamamagitan ng pakikinig lamang sa kanilang boses habang nakatalikod sa Blind Auditions.
“Napakalaking privilege to work with some amazing kids, and hopefully para maimpluwensyahan sila sa tamang paraan,” saad ni Lea.
Ayon naman kay Sarah, malaki ang koneksyon niya sa mga batang sumalang sa “The Voice Kids,” lalo na’t sumali rin siya sa iba’t ibang amateur at TV singing contests noon.
“Nakikita ko ang sarili ko sa kanila. I believe ito ang magiging strength ko at makakatulong sa pagco-coach ko sa kanila, kasi pinagdaanan ko na ang lahat ng ito,” pahayag ni Sarah.
Aminado naman si Bamboo na mas mahirap umano ang kids edition ng programa at itinuturing niya itong isang malaking challenge.
“Sa adults, alam mo na ang direksyon kung saan sila as an artist. Sa kids, gray area pa. So I carefully listen to every child so I can give justice to their performance when I comment, whether I turn around or not,” sabi niya.
Sa pagtatapos ng Blind Auditions kinakailangang makapili ang bawat coach ng 18 artists na mapapabilang sa kanilang teams at uusad sa susunod na rounds ng kumpetisyon.
Bahagyang naiiba mula sa adults version ang Battle Rounds ng kids version dahil dito, pagsasabungin ng bawat coach ang tatlong bata ng kanilang koponan sa pamamagitan ng pag-awit ng isang kanta. Isa lang dito ang mapipili para makalusot sa Sing-Off, kung saan anim na artists sa iisang team ang muling magbabakbakan.
Mula sa Sing-Off, mamimili ang bawat coach ng dalawang artists sa kanilang team na muling uusad sa Semi-Finals. Mula sa anim na semi-finalists na ito pipiliin ang Top 4 na maglalaban-laban sa grand finals. Kaya naman sa huling yugto ng pamimili ng natatanging “The Voice,” posibleng may isang coach na magiging dalawa ang pambato sa grand finals.
Hindi na bago para kay Luis ang mag-host ng isang programa kung saan bida ang mga bata, dahil nakasama na niya ang mga ito sa “Star Circle Kid Quest,” “Junior Minute to Win It,” at “Pilipinas Got Talent.”
“Na-expose na ako sa mga bata, so alam ko kung anong sasabihin sa kanila o mapagaan ang loob nila. Ako gusto ko ang backstage area, kahit paano hindi pa sila ninenerbiyos. Nalalaman ko ang istorya nila, bakit sila nandito, ang mga bagay na gusto nilang ma-accomplish,” ani Luis.
Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon naman ay makakatrabaho niya si Alex, ang dating V-Reporter sa Season 1 ng “The Voice of the Philippines.”
“Ang sinasabi ng staff hindi kami pwedeng magsama, kasi tatawa lang kami nang tatawa. Pero ang tagal ko na siyang kilala, and it’s honestly a pleasure to work with her,” dagdag ni Luis.
Lubos namang naghanda si Alex bago sumabak sa pagho-host, lalo na’t siya ang naatasang makisalamuha sa young artists sa ‘tension room’ bago sila sumalang sa auditions. Aniya, dahil dito ay naalala niya ang mga napag-aralan niya sa kanyang tinapos na kursong Education.
“Kailangan gamitan mo ng iba-ibang techniques ang bata. Kasi ‘yung iba feeling nila ang ‘The Voice’ na talaga yung last shot nila, sobrang bigat para sa kanila. Sa auditions, bago sila sumabak, andun ako para i-boost ang morale nila. Kasi mga bata, baka ma-starstruck sila sa coaches o magulat sa dami ng ilaw. I-encourage ko lang sila and make them feel at ease,” aniya.
Abangan ang pagsisimula ng “The Voice Kids” kung saan pangarap ang puhunan at boses ng bulilit ang labanan sa ABS-CBN ngayong Mayo 24. Para sa updates ukol sa programa, bisitahin ang thevoice.abs-cbn.com, i-like ang www.facebook.com/thevoiceabscbn sa Facebook o i-follow ang @thevoiceabscbn the Twitter at @abscbnthevoice sa Instagram.