MANILA - "Oh my god!"
This was the reaction of the "The Voice of the Philippines" coach Lea Salonga upon seeing the all-new set of the ABS-CBN program for its upcoming "Kids" edition, which kicked off its Blind Auditions on Monday.
Salonga took to Twitter to express her excitement with starting work on "The Voice Kids," which will feature children aged 8 to 14.
Joining the Broadway actress as coaches are Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Manalac, with Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga teaming up for the first time as co-hosts when it premieres this summer.
On its official social media pages, "The Voice of the Philippines" shared the first photos of the ongoing Blind Auditions, giving fans a sneak peek of the upgraded set and the famous turning chairs.
'The Voice Kids' coaches (from left) Lea Salonga, Bamboo Manalac, and Sarah Geronimo.
The new Blind Auditions set. Photos from the official Facebook page of 'The Voice of the Phiilppines
On Facebook, several comments praised the new set, with some calling it "big improvement" over last year's studio. Others already pledged their allegiances to the three coaches' respective teams, as one photo showed them sitting in their chairs with the "I Want You" sign lit.
"The Voice Kids" kicked off its preliminary auditions in November last year, which was followed by screenings for the regular edition last January 12.
The upcoming back-to-back editions of "The Voice" in the Philippines follow the ratings success of its first season, which concluded in September with Team Lea's Mitoy Yonting as the title winner.