MANILA - An emotional Darlene Vibrares couldn't hold back tears near the end of her semi-final performance which she dedicated to her late grandfather, on "The Voice Kids" on Saturday.
During the live show held at Resorts World Manila, the 10-year-old was sobbing as she sang the last notes of the Whitney Houston anthem "I Will Always Love You".
"Nami-miss ko po lolo ko," she said after her performance, which still drew praise from coaches Bamboo Manalac and Lea Salonga.
"Ang paborito ko is 'yung conviction mo, habang nangigigil ka. Pero pinakita mo rin soft side mo which I really liked," Manalac said.
Salonga, who mentored Vibrares, also noted how she behaved during rehearsals and how she listened to her every word, before praising her ability to connect to a song effortlessly.
"Mula nung Blind auditions mo, pinakita mo talaga 'yung apoy na nangagaling sa buong katawan mo pag kumakanta ka," she said.
"Sa kakulitan mo, sa ganda mo, sa pagiging intelehente mong bata, sa pagiging masunurin, talagang wala akong masasabing masama sa iyo.
"Lahat maganda dahil 'yung ehemplong binibigay mo sa akin, bilang coach, parang kailangan kong makinig. Lahat ng payo na binibigay ko sa iyo, ibinabaon mo sa iyo at nakikinig ka," she said.
Salonga went on to reveal a trick she told Vibrares to help channel her emotions she felt for her late grandfather into the song.
"Alam ko kung para kanino 'yang kantang 'yan, para sa lolo mo kaya sinabi ko din na dapat isipin mo nakayakap sa iyo ang lolo mo," she reminded the young singer.
Vibrares then smiled, cut Salonga mid-sentence and addressed her father, saying: "Wag ka pong magse-selos."