MANILA -- It didn't take more than 2 lines from the song "Halik" before "The Voice Kids" coach Sarah Geronimo turned her chair to a little girl from Cavite performing the Aegis hit during the show's Blind Auditions which aired on Sunday.
Nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod's powerful and heartfelt rendition of the Aegis classic wowed not only the coaches but even netizens who were amazed on how such a strong voice can come from a little kid.
Coach Lea Salonga admitted she was surprised that Gairanod was hitting all the high notes of the song, but said she had to leave the coaching to Geronimo after feeling the two were meant to be.
"Wala akong narinig sa boses mo na hindi tama--tamang-tama lahat. Pero pakiramdam ko kasi nu'ng umikot na si ate [Sarah] mo, parang meant to be kayong dalawa," Salonga said.
Asked if she really wanted Sarah to be her coach, the 9-year-old answered: "Opo... Kasi siya na po 'yung hinahanap ko."
In response, Geronimo said they are a match made in heaven.
"Bigay na bigay 'yung puso mo sa pagpe-perform, tsaka dun sa kanta, kaya ako umikot para sa 'yo," the pop star also told the little girl.
Gairanod's father is a fisherman, while her mom scavenges for used bottles and old newspapers.
In an interview before Gairanod's performance, her mom, Maria Nessel, said she couldn't believe that her daughter made it to the Blind Auditions given their social background.
"Di ko po talaga akalaing makakapasok kami sa ganito kasi ang alam ko pangmayaman lang ang mga ganito... akala ko walang chance," she said.
At age 9, Gairanod was already helping her mother search for recyclable materials to sell just so they would have enough money for food.
"Hindi po ako pinipilit ng nanay ko mangalakal, pero ginusto ko po para may baon po kami," the kid said.
Gairanoid was the only recruit of Geronimo during Sunday's episode of "The Voice Kids."