MANILA – (UPDATED) Janice Javier, Myk Perez, Mitoy Yonting and Klarisse de Guzman of “The Voice of the Philippines” are still on cloud nine a day after they were named as the show’s top 4 contestants on Sunday.
Still lacking sleep from the live performance show, the four artists appeared on “[email protected]” on Monday to kick off their last stretch of work before the grand finals this coming weekend.
According to Perez, they are still overwhelmed that they made it to the top out of the thousands who auditioned for the show early this year. “Grateful kaming apat na nakarating po kami dito ngayon,” he said.
None of them were confdent ahead of the announcement of the Top 4, which was based on the voting percentages and the coaches' scores.
"Sobrang thankful po kasi, unang-una po sa lahat, 'yung binigay ni coach pumabor po sa akin," Perez said, referring to his coach Bamboo Manalac, who gave him a score of 55, against teammate Paolo Onesa's 45.
Despite his edge in terms of the coach's score, Perez said he was still worried since Onesa has a lot of fans.
"Worried din kasi malapit yung 45-55 at ang pagkaka-alam ko maraming followers si Paolo, so thankful na thankful po," he said.
De Guzman shared the same feeling. "Hanggang ngayon hindi pa din ako makapaniwala," she told ABS-CBN News. "Si Morisette (Amon) mataas 'yung range niya kaya nung nalaman ko na ako, as in hindi ko in-expect kaya sobrang thankful po na ako 'yung nakuha. Ako 'yung napili ni coach at ako 'yung binoto ng tao. Maraming salamat po"
Even Yonting was worried competing against the heavily favored ex-Kulay member Radha, who also got the higher score from coach Lea Salonga.
“Pero luckily, pumabor naman ‘yung boto ng tao kaya masaya. Natanggal lahat ng pag-aalala. ‘Yung excitement, ‘yung pressure, nai-release ko nung malaman ko na ako ‘yung nagtagumpay," he said.
For her part, Javier said she knew she was competing against a seasoned singer in Thor Dulay.
"Nung nagpe-perform siya, fresh na fresh 'yung boses niya, Talagang malinaw, smooth. Pagdating sa akin parang gutom na nagagalit na ewan," she said.
"Takot ako sa kanya kasi lalo na nung rehearsal pa lang narinig ko 'yung ensayo niya, talagang perpekto eh. Ako hindi na ako makahirit eh dahil nga sa pagod. Talagang pinagdasal ko na lang kung anong mangyari, Kung para sa akin, para sa akin pa rin kahit hindi ganun ka-level up 'yung performance
"Si Thor, saludo ako sa kanya. Competition lang talaga, isa lang pwede," she said.
With just four of them left, Javier expects the competition to be tougher because all of them are well trained by their different coaches.
“Mahirap talaga because you can never be too ready kahit sobra kang mag-prepare. Pagdating doon talagang nandiyan 'yung anxiety, 'yung insecurities. Siguro talagang prayers lang talaga ako all the time. Lahat kami 'yun ang ginagawa namin kasi that’s the most powerful tool that we have para bago kami mag-perform, huwag kami kabahan,” she said.
Aside from calming their nerves before performing, Yonting said he is also pressured to prove himself, being the most “seasoned” among them.
“Dapat kong patunayan na seasoned performer na nga ako talaga. At the same time, sa mga batang competitor, dapat hindi nila maramdaman na ganun na ako katagal sa ginagawa namin para hindi naman sila mailang. Mahirap balansehin din pero sa awa ng Diyos nakarating kami dito,” he said.
But no matter what happens next Sunday, all agreed that they are already winners for having had the opportunity to work with their respective coaches.
“Ang dami naming natutunan. Kapag kakanta ka, hindi importante that you can hit those high notes, basta dapat galing sa puso," de Guzman, a belter, said. "And talagang practice and makinig sa coaches kasi sila talaga 'yung nakakaalam ng makakabuti sa performances mo.”