MANILA - It was a difficult choice for coach Bamboo Manalac who had to pick out of the 3 young singers who electrified the crowd with an energetic performance on Saturday.
The second group of the night, made up of Stacy Pineda, Katherine Medina, and Arianna Ocampo, drew cheers and praises from the judges with their rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
"Yung friendship niyo, I just see it on stage again and again and again. Nag-enjoy lahat ng tao and it complements each one of you and it makes your parents very proud," Manalac said.
Before the round started, it was revealed that a budding friendship was formed among the 3 performers. Pineda, Medina and Ocampo were seen joking around practice and were said to have been very active on the social media site Facebook.
But Manalac could only choose one of the three.
In the end, the OPM rock singer chose to go with Pineda, singling out the excellent texture and presence of her voice -- a comment echoed by the two other judges Sarah Geronimo and Lea Salonga.
"Napakasaya lang. Such a breath of fresh air to see you guys having fun and it was fun for us. Stacy, ang ganda ng texture ng boses mo sa baba, ang ganda ng pagbuka ng bibig mo," Salonga said.
"Yung energy ni coach Bamboo, nailipat sa inyo. Ibang klase 'yung energy at talagang ramdam na ramdam namin na nag-enjoy kayo. Stacy, na nag-open ng song, gusto ko 'yung ginawa mo sa simula," added Geronimo.
Pineda will now move on to The Sing-Offs where -- along with Juan Karlos Labajo and 4 other contestants -- will perform solo with a song of his or her choice.
Manalac will then have to pick only two who will get a slot each in the semi-finals.