MANILA – And then there were four.
“The Voice of the Philippines” on Sunday revealed the Top 4 artists who will compete in next week’s grand finals after four more contestants were eliminated from the hit TV talent search.
After adding their coach’s scores and two rounds of public voting which began on Saturday’s performance show, Mitoy Yonting, Janice Javier, Myk Perez and Klarisse de Guzman are moving on to the grand finals as the last person standing in their respective teams.
It was mostly a close battle between the final two contestants from each team. For instance, Team Bamboo’s Perez won with a combined total of only 103.08 points, while team mate Paolo Onesa received a score of 96.92.
Bamboo, however, gave Perez a score of 55 to give him the slight edge, after the contestant ditched his guitar and performed a reggae version of “Baby I Love Your Way.” Onesa, for his part, went for a big band arrangement of Rivermaya’s “Elisi.”
“You just became a showman tonight -- the dynamics, nanligaw ka pa,” apl.de.ap told Perez, who dedicated his performance to Sarah Geronimo. “Nakikita ko na magkakaroon ka ng acoustic album in the future, at lahat makikinig at manunood.”
It was also a close fight between Team Lea’s Mitoy Yonting and Radha, with Yonting gaining the upper edge with a total of 108.78 points.
Salonga and Geronimo both gave a standing ovation to Yonting, who effortlessly powered his way through Laura Branigan’s “The Power of Love.”
“Wow, speechless ako today. Ito lang ang masasabi ako: ‘yung naging sentro ng kanta mo, the reason why you sing that song, damang-dama ko. That is the biggest complement that I can give you.”
Salonga actually gave Radha the higher score of 55 for her version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” saying, “That’s the best I’ve heard you. I don’t think anyone could have sung that song better.”
But with Yonting getting a high 63.78% of the public vote, the Draybers vocalist scored an upset over the heavily favored ex-Kulay member.
In the case of De Guzman and Javier, both their coaches and the viewers were in agreement with their choices.
Despite dominating Twitter during Sunday’s show, Morissette Amon proved to be no match for De Guzman, who finished with a score of 118.39 with Geronimo giving her the edge with 55 points.
Geronimo also gave De Guzman a standing ovation for her performance of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” and thanked her for joining the show. “Maraming salamat dahil pinatunayan mo na panahon mo na mag-shine. Salamat at lumaban ka,” she said.
But Amon also gave a well-praised performance for her version of Jessie J’s “Who You Are,” with apl.de.ap predicting that the “Camp Rock” theater actress is a “future star in the making.”
“You just have this nice angelic voice. Mananatili ka sa industriyang ito,” apl.de.ap told Amon.
Geronimo agreed with the Black Eyed Peas member. “Inexplicable talaga ‘yung galing mo. You are blessed dahil ‘yung stage presence mo iba talaga. You are a star whatever happens. And your star will shine continuously,” she told Amon.
Javier, meanwhile, also won over the public and coach apl.de.ap for her soulful take on John Lennon’s “Imagine” against Thor Dulay’s emotional version of the Broadway anthem “Climb Every Mountain.”
“You brought us all to church with that one. No one can sing like you. That confirms the presence of God for me,” Salonga raved over Javier.
“Hallelujah! Oh my God, that was amazing, spectacular. I’m out of words right now,” apl.de.ap told Javier, after giving her a standing ovation.
Javier had a total score of 112.85 with apl.de.ap giving her the edge with 55 points.