WATCH: Bamboo's game-changer on 'Voice PH'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2015 08:32 AM | Updated as of Jan 19 2015 04:34 PM

Live shows set as Bamboo finalizes team

MANILA - "The Voice of the Philippines" marked a first in the franchise's history with an announcement of coach Bamboo about his team, a week before the competition kicks off its live shows.

In the final Knockouts episode of the ABS-CBN program, Bamboo announced that band vocalist Joniver Robles would no longer be part of the show, despite clinching a slot in the live shows after beating Rita Martinez.

Bamboo said: "Dahil sa mga hindi inaasahang pagkakataon, I'm sad to announced that Joniver Robles will not be going forward in the competition. He's journey on the show ends here today."

"After much deliberation, napag-usapan ni Joniver at ng programa na it's best for him not to continue with the show, due to personal reasons," he added, without giving further details.

According to Bamboo, the production team behind "The Voice of the Phiilppines" consulted with format owner Talpa on the replacement for Robles, if any.

He quoted Talpa consultant Philbert Braat as saying: "The one who should replace Joniver is the one who he battled with in the Knockouts."

Robles was grouped with Martinez and Karlo Mojica, who got one of the two slots per grouping to advance to the live shows. This meant Martinez would get the slot vacated by Robles.

"Sobrang thankful," said Martinez, who was moved to tears after Bamboo personally informed her of her second chance in the competition.

Onto Resorts World

In total, Bamboo had to let go of three artists to finalize his six-member team for the live shows. The rock icon was the last coach to do so, after Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and apl.de.ap settled on their respective bets for the next titleholder of "The Voice."

Bamboo had to eliminate former MojoFly vocalist Lougee Basabas, who sang "Chain of Fools" in the Knockouts. It was a decision between two experienced singers, the other being R&B artist Arnee Hidalgo who impressed Bamboo with "Fallin'." Rocker Tanya Diaz, who performed "I Remember You," was the other successful contender in this grouping.

Meanwhile, Rence Rapanot, Elmerjun Hilario and Kai Honasan were pitted against each other. The daughter of Sen. Gringo Honasan got Bamboo's approval with "Limang Dipang Tao," as did Rapanot with "Walang Hanggang Paalam." Elmerjun Hilario, who took the stage with "Dati," failed to make it to the live shows.

"The Voice of the Philippines," co-hosted by Toni Gonzaga and Luis Manzano with Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo as V-Reporters, airs Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.