MANILA - Thirteen-year-old Andrew Patuasic seemed poised to join the team of "The Voice Kids" coach Bamboo Mañalac, with his voice sharing an uncanny resemblance to the local rock icon.
On an episode of the singing competition aired Saturday, the Cagayan native performed Ed Sheeran's "Give Me Love" while playing the guitar.
The performance drew comparisons to Mañalac from fellow coaches Sarah Geronimo and Lea Salonga, who also turned their chairs, making Patuasic the only contestant to earn the coveted three-chair turn of the night.
"Babantayan kita na hindi mo maging masyadong katunog si coach Bamboo," said Geronimo in a bid to convince Patuasic to join her team. "Kailangan magkaroon ka ng sarili mong identity."
For her part, Salonga added: "You can move away from the middle para mabigyan mo din kami ng pagkakataon para ma-discover mo rin, baka may ibang mga kulay din ang boses mo."
But Patuasic, a self-confessed fan of Mañalac, still seemed set in joining Kamp Kawayan, with him admitting that they do share similar voice qualities.
However, Patuasic, surprised everyone when he told Geronimo: "Crush na crush po kita."
He eventually apologized to Mañalac and became a member of Team Sarah, joining Bukidnon-native Mary "Gift" Cerna, who also turned down the former Rivermaya vocalist.
Patuasic and Cerna are just two of the four new contestants who made it past the blind auditions of "The Voice Kids."
Angel Enerio joined Salonga's team, while Alexis Prieto became the 11th member of Kamp Kawayan.
"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.