MANILA – It's the end of the road for two early favorites on “The Voice of the Philippines” who were eliminated on Sunday as the hit TV talent search held its third live show at Resorts World Manila.
Two artists from the respective teams of apl.de.ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Lea Salonga faced off on Sunday. This time, the viewing public and the coaches have an equal say, with the combined percentages of the public votes and the coaches’ scores determining who among them will remain in the competition.
Professional singer Lee Grane and former South Border member Maki Ricafort, two of the most talked-about contestants on the show, saw their journey on the show come to an end.
Grane, who sang REM’s “Losing My Religion,” proved to be no match for young singer Paolo Onesa, who chose the James Bond theme song “Skyfall.” In one of the evening's biggest surprises, their coach Bamboo picked Onesa over Grane, while the voting public overwhelmingly selected Onesa with a whopping 81.24% for a total score of 141.24 points.
“You have grown very nice. Ang laki ng improvement mo. Your voice, it’s a great recording voice,” apl.de.ap told Onesa after his performance.
It was a closer vote between Ricafort and teammate Morissette Amon, who won the public vote with less than 1 percentage point. But with Geronimo giving Amon a higher score, the theater actress easily won the contest to move on to the next round.
“We all know how incredibly talented you are as a 16-year-old. Sobra akong excited na makita kang mag-grow as an artist. You’re blessed,” Geronimo told Amon.
Meanwhile, two other early favorites sailed through the contest on Sunday.
Backup singer Thor Dulay of Team Apl easily won over Penelope Matanguihan with a total score of 119.72 points, including 64.72% of the vote.
Dulay sang Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” which Bamboo said was the contestant’s best performance so far on the show.
“Sa puso mo this is your last chance,” apl told Dulay. “Nakikita ko simula pa lang ng stardom mo. I see you worldwide sa mga big stage. Tonight I really congratulate you. You did a great job.”
For Team Lea, crowd favorite Mitoy Yonting once again wowed the audience when he sang Dulce’s ’70s hit “Paano.” He competed with teammate Darryl Shy, who chose to sing Asin’s “Balita.”
But in an unexpected turn, Yonting, who got 82% of the vote last week, actually lost the public vote to the Baguio folk singer. Shy got 55.89% of the viewers’ vote to Yonting’s 44.11%.
But when added with Salonga’s scores, Yonting still came out on top with 104.11 points and moves on to the next round of the competition.