MANILA - Ten-year-old Roan Isaac Zamudio was told that if the coaches didn't turn after the song's first chorus, then his chance at advancing in "The Voice Kids" was as good as none.
So, imagine his surprise when all 3 coaches turned one after the other after he hit the last high note of the song "Habang May Buhay," originally sung by Wency Cornejo.
"Akala ko po walang haharap. Sabi kasi ni mama, pag natapos 'yung chorus tapos walang umikot, wala na pong pipindot," he told host Luis Manzano after his performance.
But instead of having none to choose from, Zamudio now had all three coaches--Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, and Bamboo Manalac--to pick as his mentor.
"Actually, 'yung voice mo hawig ni coach Sarah," Salonga said, after Zamudio shared that one of the first songs he ever learned was the pop star's version of "To Love You More."
"Alam mo, habang paakayat ka ng paakyat, I said, 'okay I'm going to turn for this kid kasi ang galing galing mo talaga," Salonga said.
"Nandoon 'yung power sa boses mo pero nandoon din 'yung tone, 'yung kulay ng boses mo na nagustuhan ko," Manalac commented.
"At ang nakakatuwa sa kanya ay 'yung dynamics ng pagkanta," Geronimo explained, to which the 10-year-old suddenly asked: "Puwede po ba mag-duet tayo ng "To Love You More?"
A self-confessed Geronimo fan, Zamudio got his wish as the pop star hurriedly made her way to the stage. "Ibibigay ko sa iyo 'yung matataas ha kasi medyo may-edad na tayo," Geronimo quipped.
The two then performed the duet, which drew cheers and applause from the studio audience and other coaches.
Afterwards, Zamudio decided that he wants to be part of Team Sarah. "Ang pipilin ko po ay 'yung idol na idol ko na si Miss Sarah Geronimo," he said.
"Nandidito ako baby Isaac para i-guide ka sa mga magiging performance mo. Maraming maraming salamat sa pagtitiwala mo sa akin," Geronimo replied.
"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.