MANILA, Philippines – Superstar coaches Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo battled again on “The Voice of the Philippines” on Sunday for a 17-year-old veteran of singing contests and beauty pageants.
On the fifth weekend of Blind Auditions of the hit reality talent search, the two female coaches found themselves competing once again, this time for Lecelle Trinidad from Gapan, Nueva Ecija, who wowed Salonga and Geronimo with her rendition of “Bust Your Windows” by Jasmine Sullivan.
Trinidad, whose parents separated last year, said she joined “The Voice of the Philippines” to help her father who is sick. “Pwede nitong baguhin ‘yung buhay ko at matutulungan ang father ko at buong family ko,” she said before her performance.
Geronimo praised Trinidad for her confident performance. “Parang napaka-pro mo na,” she said, “Sobra akong makaka-relate sa iyo.”
Salonga also lauded Trinidad for her clean vocal quality but noted that she could improve her enunciation.
“‘Yung pagbigkas ng iyong mga salita, matutulungan kita kung piliin mo ako,” she said. “Gaganda ang English mo sa akin.”
“Patay tayo diyan, kakaunti lang ang baon ko,” Geronimo said after Salonga’s quip.
Trinidad became emotional about having to pick between the two women, saying she wasn’t expecting any judge to turn for her.
“Napaka-honored po dahil humarap kayong dalawa,” she said before praising Salonga and Geronimo.
“Kaso po ever since po ini-idol ko po si Ate Sarah, so kay Ate Sarah po ako,” she added.
After her audition, Geronimo again praised Trinidad. “Pareho kami ng timbre …ang laki talaga ng potential,” she said.
Lea vs Sarah vs Apl
Salonga and Geronimo also competed for another contestant, 21-year-old Penelope Matanguihan from Batangas, but lost out to apl.de.apl, who also turned for his chair. Matanguihan, a fresh graduate, sang Beyonce’s “Love on Top.”
Matanguihan said she chose the Black Eyed Peas member because she hopes he can teach her to dance. “Kasi po parang tropa-tropa po at frustration ko na hindi ako marunong sumayaw,” she said after her audition.
Salonga did nab two contestants on Sunday’s episode – band vocalist Rainier Acosta and 16-year-old rocker Japs Mendoza – to bring her total to 11 contestants, just one short of the 12 members she needs.
Bamboo Manalac also brought his team total to 11 after getting music student Talia Reyes.
Apl.de.ap has 10 contestants, while Geronimo has nine.