MANILA – The four artists vying for the title “The Voice of the Philippines” wowed the crowd and their respective coaches as they sang renditions of timeless hits and pop songs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City on Saturday.
Team Apl's Janice Javier and Team Lea's Mitoy Yonting took on the classics while Team Bamboo's Myk Perez and Team Sarah's Klarisse de Guzman picked pop ballads for their final showdown.
Janice was first to take the stage to deliver a unique, soulful take on George Benson’s “Greatest Love of All,” a song popularized by Whitney Houston.
Her coach, apl.de.ap described it as Janice’s “greatest performance of all time.”
“Naalala ko sa start ng competition na ‘to ang dami mong insecurities, pero binale wala mo lahat ‘yon and ‘yung ipinakita mo, it’s not about what you look like, it’s not about where you came from, it’s about what’s in your heart, in your talent, in your voice,” said apl.de.ap.
Mitoy performed next and gave a powerful rock rendition of OPM classic “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar.
Cesar and Gino Aguas provided the guitar licks, which helped Mitoy make the song his own.
“Napakagaling mo, napalaki ng puso mo. ‘Yung skill level mo wala kang katulad…You are the most deserving person right now for the title, you are the voice of the Philippines,” said Mitoy’s coach Lea Salonga.
Myk, meanwhile, toned it down with his acoustic version of Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.”
His coach, Bamboo, said Myk’s performance showed why he is the complete package as a musician.
“For three straight weeks, you’re number 1 on iTunes, you’ve backed it up. Lahat ng mga ginagawa mo, you just rise to the top, iba talaga eh. Kung titignan mo sa mga natitira ngayon sa apat, you are most different of all of them,” said Bamboo.
Last to perform for Saturday’s showdown was Klarisse, who gave a stirring rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb”.
Coach Sarah Geronimo applauded Klarisse’s performance, noting that the song she picked accurately described her struggles as a young singer.
“Katulad ng sinabi mo sa kanta mo, ‘It ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb’. Nakita kita kung paano ka nagsimula, kung paano ka nabigo, bumangon at lumaban…Hindi ako papayag na hindi matupad ang pangarap mo,” she said.
The results of “The Voice of the Philippines” will be based on public voting, which opened during Saturday’s telecast and will resume for a part of the episode on Sunday.
The polls will reset to zero for the final showdown between the two remaining artists on Sunday.