First look: Turning chairs on 'The Voice PH'


Posted at May 15 2013 03:04 PM | Updated as of May 15 2013 11:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- With less than a month before its anticipated premiere, the Philippine edition of "The Voice" is sharing a peek at the big, red turning chairs which have made the contest format a global franchise.

In a trailer released Tuesday on the Facebook page of "The Voice of the Philippines," the four superstar coaches -- Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac and Allan "" Pineda -- are seen "turning" in their chairs to face the singing hopefuls.

As in the original competition, "The Voice of the Philippines" will have the coaches recruiting contestants in the "Blind Auditions."

In the first phase of the competition, the coaches will screen the auditionees with their backs turned to them. Only the voice will be the determining factor in prompting the coaches to push their button and turn their chairs around to signal their intention to recruit the contestant.

In the event that two or more coaches choose a particular contestant, they will have to convince the auditionee to pick them.

Each team will be trimmed down, however, as "The Voice of the Philippines" start the "Battle Rounds."

After mentoring and training their artists, each coach will pit two of their own team members in a "sing-off." The winning contestants will advance to the next round -- the live performance shows.

Meanwhile, on micro-blogging site Twitter Wednesday, Salonga addressed comparisons between the appearances of the chairs as seen in the local edition of "The Voice" and its counterparts in over 50 other countries, specifically the popular United States version.

The same red chairs, as seen in the United Kingdom edition of "The Voice," were also recently the subject of headlines when online publication The Sun reported about a "wacky rule" of the multinational franchise.

According to the report, the coaches on the show are prohibited from referring to the famous chairs as "spinning."

"One of the most important ones is they must never say that their red chairs spin — they only turn... The red chairs only go round 180 degrees so the creators of the show say they can’t be described as spinning, even though that’s what most viewers say," it said.

Set to air in June on ABS-CBN, "The Voice of the Philippines" will feature as hosts celebrity sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga, and former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Robi Domingo.