'The Voice Kids' hopeful Don Wilson cries after failing to turn a single chair in the pilot episode of the reality show aired Saturday. Video grab
MANILA - "The Voice Kids" coaches turned emotional in the reality show's pilot episode on Saturday after an 11-year-old boy failed to turn a single chair to earn a spot in the competition.
Lipa City's Don Wilson took the stage with an energetic performance of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" for his Blind Auditions bid. The boy, however, ended his song-and-dance number without any of the coaches pressing their button.
A devastated Wilson could only hold his tears for a short while, and eventually cried as he listened to the feedback of the coaches.
Coach Bamboo Manalac recognized Wilson as a kid who randomly joined him on stage in a past show. The rock icon recalled that he and Wilson sang "Man In the Mirror" together.
In a emotional moment on "The Voice Kids" on Saturday, Manalac requested the band to play the Jackson classic and approached Wilson to perform the duet a second time.
(Visit the official website of "The Voice Kids" to watch the uncut video of Manalac and Wilson's duet and other updates from this episode.)
Wiping tears, Wilson sang with Manalac. Fellow coaches Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo, both visibly emotional, joined the the two on stage and encouraged the audience to cheer the boy on.
"Sa buhay, hindi madali lahat, ha," Manalac told Wilson. "We get better because of that."
Wilson was the lone hopeful on "The Voice Kids" who didn't get a slot in any of the teams in Saturday's telecast. By the end of the episode, Salonga was able to recruit three young artists -- 12-year-old Jimlord Garcia, 11-year-old Koko Luy, and 9-year-old Darlene Vibares.
Geronimo and Manalac, meanwhile, each scored one recruit. Thirteen-year-old Grazz Enriquez joined Team Bamboo, while 11-year-old twins JM and JC Urquico got into Team Sarah.
"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.