MANILA – Coming into her sixth season of “The Voice of the Philippines” as a coach, Lea Salonga admitted she doesn’t have a particular game plan in mind in winning the hearts of talented teen singers.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe, Salonga said she will just look for the same things she’s been searching for in the past seasons.
“Bata or matanda, I look for musicality, for people who take it seriously, for people who really want it,” she said.
Now that there are four of them in coaching panel, Salonga said she will “try to get as many good ones and train them as best as I can, mentor the way I do and hope for the best.”
Aside from Salonga, also sitting as coaches this season are Sharon Cuneta, Bamboo Mañalac and returning mentor Sarah Geronimo.
Since this is the first time the talent show is doing a teen edition, Salonga acknowledged how the dynamics will change compared to the previous kids and regular editions.
“Teenagers, they are in that very strange limbo land between childhood and adulthood. This is when there’s a lot of hormonal inconsistency, a lot of self-discovery which is a really fantastic time na nakikilala na rin nila 'yung sarili nila bilang tao, hindi lang bilang musiko or artista. And so it may require some experimentation,” she said.
Salonga, however, pointed out that “the cool part about teens is they are so open and impressionable.”
“We could also get rebelliousness and resistance. It’s just part of growing up. I’m coming at this as a parent, as an artist and trying to remember what was I like during those very awkward transition years,” she said.