NEW YORK - Two Filipino-Americans made it to “The Voice” battles premiere Monday night (Tuesday in Manila).
Sixteen-year-old four-chair turner Anatalia Villaranda is moving on to the next round, but Filipina New Yorker Gaby Borromeo is not.
“How it felt to be eliminated? I don't know how to describe it because it was such a positive experience and I'm so happy that I was able to even get on the show,” she said.
Borromeo said just the experience of having Adam Levine as coach made it all worth it.
“Adam is a great mentor. He is very down to earth, very real, knows exactly what you need to work on and really coach you through that. My big thing was my self-confidence when I perform and he spotted that. Same with John Legend. We really worked through that,” she said.
The electro-pop artist, who got her singing genes from her Cebuano dad and Waray mom, will always be remembered as the girl with the purple hair.
“I got out of a relationship last year and this person never wanted me to have like cool hair and short hair, so I just decided to chop it all off. And I always wanted to color my hair purple,” she said.
Her singing career was put on hold after getting burnt out in the industry a few years ago. Borromeo, however, believes the "Voice" experience will jumpstart her singing career.
“Being on ‘The Voice’ has been a fresh experience for me. You are singing cover songs and you know that this is going to happen but you really make it into your own and I think that's what's great about ‘The Voice,’ they really let you become the artist that you want to be,” she said.
Borromeo will continue to perform in the Big Apple and her biggest wish is to perform for her supporters, especially her fellow Filipinos, in the Philippines soon.
“Thank you so much for all your support, and I promise I won't let you down. Keep listening to all the music. I would love, love, love more than anything to go to the Philippines and perform for you guys,” she said.
Borromeo will be performing in Seattle, her parents’ hometown, next week before making her trip to the Philippines in May.