MANILA - It was an easy choice for all three coaches when they picked Darlene "The Girl on Fire" Vibares during the Sing-Offs of "The Voice Kids" on Sunday night.
The 9-year-old continued to amaze all the coaches and the audience when she performed the song "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" from the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" with full energy.
Vibares' performance even left Sarah Geronimo practically speechless. "OMG!" the singer-actress exclaimed.
Lea Salonga, meanwhile, was totally impressed with how Vibares performed the drama of the Jennifer Holliday song.
She said the little girl surprised everyone when she sang like there was an adult inside her.
''Nagulat ang lahat dahil 'yung drama ng kanta ipinalabas mo, na heto ang naramdaman ko, heto ako... para kang may matandang tao diyan sa loob mo," she said.
Salonga, after picking Vibares first over the five contestants who competed at the Sing-Offs, praised the kid from Antipolo City for being a complete package as a total performer and entertainer.
"Hindi lang [siya] magaling kumanta, magaling din magpasaya ng mga nanonood sa kanya," said Salonga.
Vibares was tagged "The Girl on Fire" after she turned three chairs with her rendition of Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" during the Blind Auditions.
Tonton's beautiful singing
Meanwhile, Salonga chose 11-year-old Tonton Cabiles, Jr, who will represent Team Lea along with Vibares in the live rounds.
Cabiles performed the Bruno Mars hit, "It Will Rain," complete with a fedora hat just like the Fil-Am singer.
The Broadway star described the voice of Cabiles as: "Just beautiful singing—walang sigaw, hindi masakit sa tenga. Ang sarap, sarap, sarap pakinggan."
The 11-year-old was also Geronimo's pick, noting the boy's positive aura when he performed during the Sing-Offs
"Hindi mo lang kami nakuha sa talento mo, pati positivity sa aura mo nararamdaman namin," she said.
Cabiles and Vibares bested their fellow teammates, Angel Aguilera, Shanne Dandan, Jimboy Garcia and Eufritz Santos.
Angel soars with "I Believe I Can Fly"
While Aguilera did not make it past the Sing-Offs, she was one of Manalac's choices, along with Vibares.
The former rock band frontman said the 14-year-old girl, who sang "I Believe I Can Fly" during the Sing-Offs, is already "seasoned" and a "complete package" at a very young age.
Salonga added that Aguilera has found her voice, soared and took the audience with her during her performance.
"This is your voice, mataas, pero malakas--awit pa rin e, hindi sigaw. Pati kami lahat dito napalipad mo," she said.
The future stage actress
Dandan, meanwhile, also impressed the coaches with her rendition of the song "On My Own" from the musical "Les Miserables."
While the 13-year-old didn't make it through the Sing-Offs, Geronimo said she could see Dandan becoming a stage actress one day.
"Binigyan mo ng tamang emosyon 'yung kanta. Alam mo nakikita ko talaga 'yung future mo sa mga stage play. Magiging sikat na stage actress ka someday," she said.
Garcia's effortless singing
Garcia, meanwhile, also got praises from the coaches for having a total package as a performer and how relaxed he sang the classic "Unchained Melody" while hitting high notes at the same time.
"Kung paano mo dalihin 'yung buong package, napaimportanteng bagay 'yun [sa performance]. The good news is, nadala mo," said Manalac.
"'Yung performance mo, relaxed, easy, effortless ka kumanta. Ang sarap mo panoorin, di lang pakinggan," added Salonga.
Room for improvement
Meanwhile, while Santos performed "so well" during the Sing-Offs, the coaches noted some room for improvement.
The 11-year-old performed the Jessie J song, "Who You Are."
Manalac particularly noticed Santos was "having a hard time" with the verses. "It felt low for you, right? Per the good news, noong umabot na sa chorus, you sort of flew again," he said.
Despite this, Salonga told the "very, very shy girl" that: "What a beautiful voice [you have]. And you sang that song really, really well."
Meanwhile, all 18 members of Team Bamboo will battle it out in next week's episode.
"The Voice Kids," hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.