Superstar coaches form teams
MANILA, Philippines -- The four superstar coaches of the Philippine edition of the reality singing contest "The Voice" now have a full roster of hopefuls who battle it out to win the title.
The blind auditions of "The Voice of the Philippines" wrapped up Thursday, according to coach Lea Salonga, as the four teams led by the Tony Award winner, and fellow coaches Sarah Geronimo, Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac and Allan "apl.de.ap" Pineda gear up for the next round of eliminations.
In the auditions, the coaches screened auditionees with their backs turned to the contestants.
Only the voice will be the determining factor in prompting the coaches to push their button and turn their chairs around to signal their intention to recruit the contestant.
In the event that more than two or more coaches chose a particular artist, the coaches will have to convince the artist to pick them as coach.
On micro-blogging site Twitter, Mañalac expressed excitement Friday about the team he has formed so far.
Each team's number of members will be trimmed down, however, as "The Voice of the Philippines" start the "Battle Rounds."
After mentoring and training their artists, each coach will pit two of their own team members in a "sing-off." The coaches’ chosen artists will advance to the next round of the competition— the live performance shows.
Scheduled to start telecast in June, "The Voice of the Philippines" will be hosted by celebrity sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga, and former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Robi Domingo.