MANILA – Eleven-year-old Reynan Dal-Anay secured his spot in the final round of “The Voice Kids” after topping the public vote during the competition’s semi-final round over the weekend.
As a member of the Tigwahanon Manobo group, Dal-Anay said he is extremely grateful that his coach, Broadway star Lea Salonga, believed in him from the very beginning.
Before the show’s finale this coming weekend, let’s take a look at Dal-Anay’s journey on “The Voice Kids.”
During the blind auditions, the 11-year-old from Bukidnon performed "Tagumpay Nating Lahat," which was originally performed by Salonga.
He was the second contestant to earn the coveted three-chair turn in the second season of "The Voice Kids Philippines." He was also the second contestant to join Salonga’s team.
After his audition, Dal-Anay said: "Nandito po ako upang maging inspirasyon, hindi lang para sa aking tribo kung hindi para na rin sa lahat ng tribo sa buong Pilipinas."
At that time, he was wearing the traditional clothes of his tribe, which he also wore in the succeeding “The Voice Kids” episodes.
For the competition’s battle round, Dal-Anay performed Rico J. Puno's "Lupa" together with fellow Team Lea members Angel Enerio and Rovelyn Marquesa.
Salonga praised the trio for their performance but she eventually chose Dal-Anay for his consistency.
Dal-Anay is the last member to join Salonga's team to the Sing-Offs, along with Akisha Sianson, Esang de Torres, Jhyleanne Rington, Jonalyn Pepito and Luke Alford.
During the Sing Offs, Dal-Anay performed a touching rendition "Amazing Grace," which earned a standing ovation from his coach.
He said he chose the song to express his gratitude for all the blessings he has received.
At the end of the episode, Salonga picked Dal-Anay and Esang de Torres to compete with the top two artists from Sarah Geronimo's and Bamboo's teams in the live semifinals.
During “The Voice Kids” first live show last Saturday, Dal-Anay wowed the judges with his emotional performance of the OPM classic "Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata." Even if he was crying, Dal-Anay was able to deliver.
"Nakita mo lahat kaming mga coaches dito, tumayo dahil sa performance mo, hindi lang sa ganda ng boses mo, kundi sa umaapaw na emosyon na talagang lumalabas lang sa puso mo. Talagang wala akong masabi, kinikilabutan ako hanggang ngayon. Ang ganda lang nun, ang ganda ganda ng performance na 'yun, congratulations talaga sa'yo. Wala na akong maisasabi, ang ganda ganda lang talaga," Salonga said.
On Sunday, Dal-Anay, along with Sassa Dagdag and Kyle Echarri, kicked off the group performances by singing a medley of OPM classics "Saranggola ni Pepe" and "Ang Pipit."
These performances propelled Dal-Anay to advance to the finale after receiving 32.98% of votes from “The Voice Kids” viewers.