Filipino singer talks about The Voice UK experience

By Rose Eclarinal, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jun 01 2013 02:50 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2013 08:51 PM

LONDON- Joseph Apostol may be shy but he dreams big. He hopes to be signed as an artist, tour around the world and share his music.

The 21-year-old MidKent music student draws inspiration from his idol Whitney Houston and loves jazz, soul and blues.

He auditioned with some 30,000 aspiring talents to make it to the blind auditions of The Voice UK.

Photo courtesy of Cesar Velasco

"Basically, marami pong pinagdaanan like I've joined so many auditions like X-Factor," said Apostol.

Surviving the blind auditions of The Voice UK was still fresh in his mind when he sat down with ABS-CBN Europe for an interview.

"I felt like I was in my zone at that time obviously, but you know, I was nervous because I didn't know if they were going to turn around, but I said to myself, just give your best, hoping that any of the coaches would turn around," he said.

Apostol confessed to be chosen by Tom Jones was a dream come true.

"I was really excited because you know, he is one of the most iconic persons ever in the music industry, so it was really great to have him turn around," he explained.

He added: "I know that he'll understand me as a musician and as an artist. Kasi po, he knows a lot about the music industry and I think he is a credible coach."

After the blind auditions, he also survived the battle round for Team Jones. Pitted against a more seasoned duo- Diva and singing together "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", coach Tom Jones picked him to advance to the next round because of his unique voice and talent.

Jones could not hide his penchant for the Pinoy singer, who was moved to tears listening to Apostol sing.

Pinoy at Heart

Apostol moved to the UK when he was 10 years old to join his mother, who works in Kent as a nurse.

His first years in the UK were tough times. But he found refuge in music. To overcome his shyness and homesickness, he joined a local choir group boost his confidence.

Photo courtesy of Cesar Velasco

He admits a big part of him is also British because he spent his growing up years in the UK. But he is a Pinoy at heart.

"Proud po talaga maging Pilipino, kasi siyempre po, maraming tayong kayang gawin," said Apostol.

His mother Rebecca gives her one hundred per cent support to his only son.

"Sana ito yung step mo na, first mo step maabot mo lahat. Sa tingin ko, ito na rin yung time mo na mag-shine. Good luck na lang and sa lahat ng sumasupporta sa iyo, talagang all the way sila, mga kaibigan ko, salamat. Kung ano man ang distraction marinig mo, mag think positive ka lang sa lahat ng bagay at huwag mong kalimutan yung panalangin, kagaya ng ginagawa natin," she told Joseph, with tears welling up her eyes.

Rebecca said if Joseph’s father were alive, he would have been very proud of him just, just like she is very happy and proud for what he has achieved.

As Apostol advances to the next round, he is asking the support of fellow Pinoys especially during the live performance.

"I feel very blessed and thankful that Sir Tom Jones put me through to the next round, which is the Knockout round. I still can't believe it. But I'm very excited. Hopefully my next performance will be enough to get me through to the live shows," he said.

He added: "I'm truly thankful for all the wonderful support. You are all amazing. I hope that you continue to support me in my progress within the show. God bless you all. Mahal ko kayo lahat!"