MANILA – A 13-year-old girl from Mindanao completed the team of Sarah Geronimo after singing her rendition of a Beyonce hit on the final night of the Blind Auditions of "The Voice Kids."
Trisha Jumawid of General Santos City thoroughly impressed Geronimo with her version of the song "Halo" such that the singer-actress even compared her with former "Voice" finalist Klarisse De Guzman.
"Noong unang bungad mo sa kanta, na-impress na ako sa quality ng boses. Parang si Klarisse. Nagustuhan ko rin nan a-hit mo 'yung high notes," Geronimo told her new recruit.
Jumawid shed tears of joy when Geronimo approached her after the performance.
Her mom said the 13-year-old new Team Sarah recruit was trained by her late grandmother.
"Sobrang close po kami ni lola. Noong buhay pa po si lola, tinatawag niya ako para magpahilot. Sabi niya, 'kanta ka rin,'" she said.
Before Jumawid, Geronimo also turned for another recruit -- 11-year-old Hannah Mae Uganiza.
Uganiza, who hails from Ilocos Norte, was once a shy girl who preferred playing the piano than singing.
But during the final night of the Blind Auditions, she managed to impress both Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac with her version of the song "Lipad ng Pangarap."
In the end, Uganiza chose Geronimo, who promised to teach her the dynamics of singing.
"Iyong birit is not the only way to sing a powerful song. Kailangan may dynamics din sa pagkanta. So iyon ang pagtatrabahuan namin," Geronimo told the youngster.