MANILA - Darlene Vibares, more popularly known as the "girl on fire," left her coach and mentor Lea Salonga speechless, as she gave a string of "perfect" performances on "The Voice Kids" on Saturday.
During the show's penultimate live show held at Resorts World Manila, Vibares sang both Charice's "Louder" and Sharon Cuneta's "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas."
The 10-year-old, known for her expressive style of singing, fittingly took a more mellow approach for the ballad round, where she sang the Cuneta hit song
Her shaky start did not deter her one bit, however, as she then wowed both coaches Bamboo Manalac and Salonga with the second half of her opening round performance.
"Ang ganda nung ginawa mo nung nahanap mo [na 'yung nota]," said Manalac.
"You just gave it your signature Darlene, whatever it is. 'Yung suntok, 'yung energy na nabibigay mo sa kanta, ikaw lang talaga nakakabigay noon eh," he added.
Salonga, despite noting her difficulties in the beginning of her performance, hailed Vibares as the early favorite for the title.
"Ang importante nahanap mo 'yung nota at nung nahanap mo na, tuloy tuloy na. Ang ganda," she said. "Hindi ka kinabahan. Champion ka sa pagkanta mo ng kanta na 'yan. Grabe ka."
For the show's second round, Vibares sang a hit song of her idol, Charice.
She held nothing back this time around, as she again reverted back to her "signature" style of singing, swinging her arms around to go with the performance.
"Yung gusto ko talaga sa iyo ay kung paano mo binibigay ang 100, 110, 130, 140 percent sa bawat kanta na ginagawa mo. You just give it your all and it is just amazing to see. Kaya ang sarap mong pakinggan at panuorin," Manalac said.
Salonga said Vibares' moniker was reflected in her performance. "Ang apoy mo talaga, nilabas mo talaga on that stage. Pinakita mo talaga sa amin ngayon gabi kung bakit 'yan ang pinangalan sa iyo."
"That [was] one heck of a performance. Wala akong narinig na mali. Lahat ng ginawa mo perfect, kaya sana iboto ka kasi perfect 'yung performance mong 'yan," she added.