MANILA - Being the smallest did not stop 8-year-old Nathan Bautista from outshining 2 other singers, allowing him to advance to the next round of "The Voice Kids" during an episode aired Saturday.
Bautista, a 3-chair turner during the Blind Auditions, impressed again with a performance alongside Junmark Amercin and Douglas Alabe of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
"Gusto ko lang sabihan...'yung growth niyo, yung umpisa natin nung kinanta natin ito, even nung Blinds [audition], ang laki talaga ng pagbabago," the group's coach Bamboo Manalac said.
"Thank you very much for making me proud again," he added.
Bautista was then singled out by coaches Sarah Geronimo and Lea Salonga. The latter referred to his earlier rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and how the young singer managed to duplicate his stunning performance.
"Nathan, nako! Blind Auditions mo pa lang, na-inlove na ako sa iyo. Kaya kita niyakap eh, kaya ako inawat ng coach mo. Kaya para dito sa laban na ito, nasa iyo talaga ang puso ko eh," she said.
To which coach Sarah Geronimo added: "Nathan, ang cute, cute, cute, cute mo. Pwede bang iuwi na lang kita?"
But for Manalac, who had the final say, the competition was tight . He noted that vocally, no one was better than the others, and that he was specifically looking for something more since each one of them was clearly talented.
"It's all very close, malapit na. The person I will chose is about performance and fire. 'Yun ang pakiramdam ko eh. 'Yung connection sa kanta," he said.
Manalac chose to go with Bautista, who will now go against Borge Rivera, Juan Karlos Labajo, Stacy Pineda, and 2 others to be yet to be announced for a spot in the semi-finals.
For the Sing-Offs, to be aired on Sunday, each of the 6 will perform a solo with a song of his or her choice. Manalac will then decide who gets to extend his/her stay in the competition.