MANILA, Philippines – Renowned singer and Tony Award-winning performer Lea Salonga will be joining the Philippine edition of the reality singing contest "The Voice" as a coach.
The 41-year-old Filipina singer, whose 35-year career has taken her to the international stage, announced the news on micro-blogging site Twitter Tuesday night.
Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo and former Rivermaya and Bamboo frontman Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac have already been announced to be part of "The Voice of the Philippines" as coaches.
One last coach has yet to be introduced.
As in the United States version of the show -- which featured as coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine for its first three seasons -- the local edition of "The Voice" will have four teams battling it out.
In order to form their teams, the coaches will hold "Blind Auditions," where their backs are turned to the contestants. Only the voice will be the determining factor in prompting the coaches to push their button, turning their chair around, to signal their intention to recruit the contestant.
Hosted by Toni Gonzaga, "The Voice of the Philippines" is currently holding auditions in time for its premiere telecast later this year on ABS-CBN.
Aspiring contestants can audition online until February 19 by logging on to thevoice.abs-cbn.com.
On-ground auditions will also be held in Bacolod, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cebu on February 23; General Santos, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao on March 2; and in Palawan, Laoag, Naga, Legazpi, Baguio, Dagupan, and Manila on March 9.
Participants must have Filipino ancestry and must be 16 years of age by June 2013.