Lea Salonga. File Photo
MANILA – “The Voice of the Philippines” coach Lea Salonga refused to comment on the “game-changer” announced by her fellow coach, Bamboo Manalac, during the show’s Sunday episode.
In the final Knockouts episode of the ABS-CBN program, Manalac 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.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News during the People Asia event on Monday, Salonga said she cannot say anything much about what happened because she’s not privy to it.
“If it’s got nothing to do with my team, I’m hands off. I’m the wrong person to ask regarding this. You might have to talk to the staff who are in charge of us on ‘The Voice” and then you’ll have to go from there. If it happened in my team, I’ll have something to say,” she said.
Asked if she somehow regrets that Robles will no longer be part of the show, Salonga said: “It’s hard kasi it would depend on the circumstances. If it’s something that the show is at fault, then that’s one thing. But if it’s something where the contestant mismo 'yung at fault, and if they did something wrong, then it’s like sinayang na opportunity. It really depends on what the circumstances are.”
The award-winning singer, however, stressed that it is hard for her or anyone to comment on the matter “without knowing the entire story.”
Meanwhile, Salonga said she is looking forward to the live shows of “The Voice” which will begin this coming weekend.
“Now it’s everybody’s Top 6 that’s preparing for the live shows. Now, everybody is working very hard so that come this coming Saturday, it’s going to be amazing,” she said.
"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.