How 2 Fil-Ams fared in 'Voice US' battle rounds


Posted at Mar 22 2017 09:32 AM

Filipino-American singer Anatalia Villaranda is moving on to the next round of "The Voice" in the United States after staving off elimination during the battle rounds.

On Monday (Tuesday in Manila), Villaranda went against Missy Robertson in the battle rounds, performing Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope.”

Both singers won over the judges, who praised their singing styles. But making the most important decision for the night was Alicia Keys, who coaches the two contestants.

“This was really exciting. Absolutely, you’re different. There was almost a pocket that Anatalia has and Missy, there was a real beautiful, powerful voice that came out of you. You’re both really incredible. I love how this ended up,” she said.

Keys ultimately decided chose Villaranda to stay in the competition.

While it was a happy note for Villaranda, things turned out differently for another Filipino-American singer in the competition.

In the same episode, Gaby Borromeo failed to advance to the next round of the hit American talent show after going up against Mark Isaiah in the battles.

All the coaches praised their rendition of “Pillowtalk” but it was what their mentor, Adam Levine, had to say that mattered most.

“You guys had a lot of great chemistry. You’re both great singers, really both very dynamic, very different. But you really fit up there together,” Levine said.

Talking to Isaiah, he said: “You know there’s something about great singing that is hard to explain. It’s just one of those things that when it happens, it happens to you and you feel it. that is a strong very potent thing.”

As for Borromeo, Levine said: “I think about Gaby, you’re stunning and you sing so beautifully and that’s a valuable and amazing thing to have as an artist. So this is not an easy thing,”

In the end, Levine picked Isaiah to stay on in the competition.