MANILA – The second season of “The Voice of the Philippines” saw a very emotional Sarah Geronimo as she coached members of Team Sarah throughout its run.
It was no different for the singer-actress on Sunday when her team's bet, Jason Dy, was declared the winner of the ABS-CBN talent search.
Immediately after the announcement, Geronimo got down on her knees with her palms on her face. Her tears did not stop flowing when she hugged and congratulated Dy.
Geronimo was also seen crying as she watched Dy sing “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” for his final performance.
It wasn't just the proverbial tears of joy for Geronimo, who also coached "The Voice Kids" winner Lyca Gairanod last year.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com after the finale of “The Voice,” Geronimo explained she had a flashback of her own personal experience while watching Dy perform after winning “The Voice.”
Just like Dy, Geronimo also won a talent competition, “Star for a Night, which launched her to fame, also on March 1.
“Pareho kaming March 1 nanalo,” she said. “Grabe ito, unexpected. Ang ine-expect ko 'yung worst na eh. Ganun kasi ako eh. Hindi ako nag-e-expect ng kahit ano. Kaya sobrang gulat na gulat ako. Nanghina ako kanina.”
Geronimo said she was very fortunate to have coached Dy, who she described as a “world-class” talent.
“Si Jason has his own voice na hindi mo maririnig sa iba. World-class eh. Kapag pinakinggan mo, pwede mong isabay kay Sam Smith, kay Beyonce. Talagang world-class talent,” she said.
Being blessed with a good singing voice, Geronimo said the only constant advice which she gives Dy is to always sing from the heart.
“Paulit-ulit lang naman [ang sinasabi ko sa kanya], na kumanta siya lagi galing sa puso. Hindi talaga 'yan sa high notes and sa lakas ng boses. Sabi ko nga, napakahirap humanap ng artists na hindi kinakailangang bumirit para lang ma-touch ang puso mo kapag kumakanta sila,” she said, reiterating her final pitch to the viewers.
Meanwhile, Geronimo also congratulated the other “The Voice” finalists – Leah Patricio, Rence Rampanot and Alisah Bonaobra -- saying being in the Top 4 already makes them a winner.
On Sunday, Dy won a P2 million in cash, a house and lot, a new car, a music instrument package, a business package, an Asian tour package for two and a recording and managing contract with MCA Music.