MANILA — The coaches have assembled for the return of “The Voice Kids,” but notably missing is music veteran Sharon Cuneta.
Cuneta was one of three coaches in the third season of “The Voice Kids” in 2016, and one of four in the debut season of “The Voice Teens” in 2017.
The recently announced fourth season of “The Voice Kids,” which has wrapped its Blind Auditions taping, will see the reunion of original coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo.
Traditionally, that edition of “The Voice” for child aspirants only has three coaches, unlike the adult and teen versions which has four.
Over the weekend, Cuneta explained why she is no longer part of “The Voice Kids,” in response to an Instagram follower who asked about her absence from the announced coaches.
“I cannot stand the stress kasi,” she wrote. “I become so attached to the kids and it weighs heavily on my heart ‘pag kailangan na mag-eliminate. Nu’ng May ko pa sinabi kay Mr. M ‘yon.”
Cuneta was referring to Johnny Manahan, head of ABS-CBN’s talent management arm Star Magic and the director of “The Voice.”
Geronimo similarly sought a break from “The Voice” — skipping the 2016 “Kids” edition which saw Cuneta’s introduction as a coach — because of the “pressure” of rearing aspiring singers, and determining their fate in the competition.
Cuneta, in a separate Instagram comment, said she will meantime focus on movies and concerts, including a collaboration with Regine Velasquez.