Bamboo admits mentoring kids is not easy

By Reyma Buan-Deveza,

Posted at May 19 2014 07:08 PM | Updated as of May 20 2014 03:08 AM

MANILA -- After losing out to Lea Salonga in the first season of "The Voice of the Philippines," rocker Bamboo Manalac is hoping that the winner of the upcoming "The Voice Kids" will come from his team.

"I'd like to think it will come from Camp Kawayan," he told reporters in an interview.

Bamboo admitted that it's harder to judge child singers, especially during the Blind Audition phase, in which the judges can only hear the contestant.

"It's harder this time. All of them can sing. Talent-wise, no question. But the question there is hindi pa sila buo, hindi pa sila luto. They are very raw talents," Bamboo explained.

"So it's up to me to guide them, the direction they are gonna take. 'O, hindi ka bagay sa ganitong genre; maybe you would fit in this other world or whatever.' I did that during the first season with some of my artists. So hopefully I can do the same for some of the singers here," he said.

One of his concerns in "The Voice Kids" is that some of the young contestants tend to pick the wrong songs.

"Ang pinili nilang kanta ay hindi nila pinili personally kung hindi pinili ng magulang nila. So you really have to carefully listen. Minsan madami ang nagkakamali, wala sa tono, pero kailangan mong kalimutan 'yon kasi again they are so young," he said.

"But the older children, 'yung mga teenagers, naririnig mo ang boses. Alam mo kapag eight-year-old, alam mo kapag 14, alam mo agad ang progression. So, of course, mas kritikal ka kapag ganoon," he added.

Also back on on "The Voice Kids," which will premiere on Saturday, May 24, are Salonga and Sarah Geronimo.