MANILA - The first of "The Voice of the Philippines" knockout rounds took place Saturday night.
Much like in the previous rounds of the singing competition, each artist were tasked to perform a song of their choice in an attempt to convince their respective coaches that they deserve to move on to the live rounds.
Three artists from the team of international artist apl.de.ap kicked off the night's episode, namely: Boracay-native Ferns Tosco, Suy Galvez, and Filipina-Colombian Patricia Gomez.
Tosco sang the classic "Let It Be," popularized by The Beatles. While her performance was overshadowed by Galvez's rendition of an Etta James hit, it was enough to save her from elimination.
"For me may isang nag-stand out kasi iniwan niya lahat; 'yung buong puso niya, buong boses niya, hindi lang diyan sa stage kung hindi umapaw sa buong studio," coach Lea Salonga said of Galvez's performance.
To which the competition's other coach, pop star Sarah Geronimo added: "She was in her element. Walang bahid ng kaba."
Gomez was eventually eliminated from the competition after her performance of Up Dharma Down's "Oo." Her rendition was praised by apl.de.ap, but was deemed as the weakest among the three.
The next set of performance was by a trio of male singers, which was well-received by Salonga and Geronimo.
"You've got three good looking guys out there. Sa lahat ng girls, siguradong kinilig din sila," Salonga told co-coach apl.de.ap after the performances of Bradley Holmes, Daryl Ong, and Mark Cando.
Known as the rocker dad, Holmes sang Maria Cafra's "Kumusta, Mga Kaibigan." His performance was singled out by Salonga as one of the most technical and emotional of all three.
Ong, however, was the pick of both Geronimo and co-coach Bamboo Mañalac. Both agreed that his cover of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" was the strongest, and all but guaranteed him a spot in the live rounds.
"Pag naririnig ko itong song na ito sa mga competition, may expectation ako na ito ang kakalabasan. Pero this is the very first time na narinig ko that was done tastefully well," said Mañalac.
Cando, who sang Frank Sinatra's "The Impossible Dream," had to say goodbye to the singing competition.
Rounding up the night was the trio of Alisah Bonaobra -- the youngest member of Team Apl, the "ultimate kontesera" Mackie Cao, and "Singing Cop" Janet Cadayona.
Cao's rendition of Yeng Constantino's "Salamat" was the pick of the bunch, with Salonga saying: "It never sounded over-sung. Emotionally connected siya from start to finish."
Both Cao and Bonaobra moved on to the live rounds. Cadayona's fan favorite performance of "Pusong Bato" came up short and she became the third and final casualty of the night.
"The Voice of the Philippines" airs weekends Saturdays (after "Maalala Mo Kaya"), and Sundays (after "Rated K").