MANILA - Much like Darren Espanto, who became one of the breakout stars from last year's "The Voice Kids", Canada-born Martina Luis took a chance.
The 13-year-old girl traveled all the way from Toronto to join the blind auditions of the second season of the hit singing competition, where she performed Alica Keys' "Girl on Fire."
She managed to impress coach Bamboo Mañalac, who praised the young artist for her "strong connection" with the song.
"The tone, the power, the presence ng vocals mo were there, telling me na marami akong puwedeng ibato sa iyo na kanta and I think you can do it. We have to clean few things, but with me as your coach, oh the places we shall go," Mañalac said.
Luis is the sixth member of Kamp Kawayan. She is joined by Altair Aguelo, Atascha Mercado, Christian Pasno, Lance Karl Macalinao, and Romeo Espino.
Meanwhile, fellow coach Lea Salonga managed to add a fourth and fifth member to her roster, namely Telesa Marie de Torres and Noah Anderson. Sarah Geronimo already has eight members.
"The Voice Kids", which is hosted by Robi Domingo and Yeng Constatino, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.