Meet 'The Voice Kids' semifinalists

by Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jul 18 2014 12:17 AM | Updated as of Jul 20 2014 05:20 AM

'The Voice Kids' coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo Manalac, and Sarah Geronimo. ABS-CBN

MANILA - Only six remain standing.

"The Voice Kids" will kick off on Saturday its live shows with the Top 6 artists taking the stage at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

Each of the three superstar coaches -- Lea Salonga, Bamboo Manalac, and Sarah Geronimo -- will be represented by two hopefuls in the semifinals.

By the end of the live show on Saturday, fans can start voting for their favorites. The four artists who will get the highest percentage of public votes will advance to the grand finals on July 26.

Here's a quick look at the six young artists who will be singing for your votes this weekend, and how they each clinched a spot in the semifinals.

Coach: Lea Salonga

This 10-year-old from Antipolo City had all three coaches pressing their buttons with her energectic rendition of Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" in the Blind Auditions.

In The Battles, she was pitted against Mariane Interino and Karla Cruz, two of her closest friends in the competition, as they sang "Firework" by Katy Perry. After giving an impassioned performance of Jennifer Holliday's "And I Am Telling You" in The Sing-Offs, Darlene convinced Salonga to pick her to advance to the semifinals.

Although a first-timer in singing competitions, Darlene had undergone workshops and performed for friends prior to joining "The Voice Kids." Her dad is a tricycle driver, while her mom is finishing her studies.

Coach: Lea Salonga

In the Blind Auditions, this 11-year-old from Naga, Cebu sang the Luther Vandross hit "Dance With My Father." Before hitting the chorus, he already convinced Salonga to turn around -- the lone coach to do so.

Ton-Ton emerged victorious in The Battles where he sang Rico J. Puno's "May Bukas Pa," along with Genmarie Guiao and Echo Claridad. Taking the stage with "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars, Ton-Ton in The Sing-Offs had Salonga picking him as one of her two bets in the live shows.

Ton-Ton credits his talent to his mother, Mary Anne, who was a former vocalist of the band Raggae Mistress.

Coach: Bamboo Manalac

A native of Cebu City, 13-year-old Juan Karlos convinced a two-chair turn in the Blind Auditions with his rendition of "Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler.

In The Battles, Juan Karlos sang the Christina Perri hit "A Thousand Years" with Maite Zubiri and Julienne Echavez. He went on to secure a spot in the Top 6 after impressing Manalac with a rendition of Rihanna's "Stay" in The Sing-Offs.

Juan Karlos is now under the care of his uncle, Giovanni, after his mom passed away in November last year. His German father left them before he was born.

Coach: Bamboo Manalac

In the Blind Auditions, this 13-year-old from Navotas City performed "Killing Me Softly With His Song," as popularized by Roberta Flack. Manalac was the lone coach to press his button for Edray.

After impressing with Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" in The Battles -- where she competed against Grazz Enriquez and Natsumi Saito -- Edray secured a spot in The Sing-Offs. Here, she performed "Tulak ng Bibig" by Julianne to advance to the semifinals.

In her profile interview, Edray emotionally shared her struggles in school, having been constantly bullied over her weight. She said joining "The Voice Kids" was her way of proving them wrong.

Coach: Sarah Geronimo

This 12-year-old from Canada sang Jessie J's "Domino" in The Blind Auditions, convincing both Manalac and Geronimo to press their buttons.

Darren was named the winner in his Battle against twins JM and JC Urquico, and Sam Shoaf. They sang "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction. In The Sing-Offs, Darren convinced Geronimo to pick him with a soaring rendition of the Beyonce hit "Listen."

According to Darren, he visited the Philippines early this year specifically to audition for "The Voice Kids." He once performed as a front act at a concert headlined by Manalac in Canada.


Coach: Sarah Geronimo

In the Blind Auditions, this 9-year-old from Tanza, Cavite convinced Geronimo to turn her chair within the first few lines of the Aegis classic "Halik." Geronimo, who Lyca identified as her idol, was the lone coach to press her button.

Along with Isaac Zamjudio and Lee Marcelino, Lyca performed "Isang Lahi" by Regine Velasquez in The Battles. Lyca clinched a spot int he semifinals after Geronimo picked her in The Sing-Offs, where she sang a Tagalog rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father."

Lyca's mother scavenges junk for a living, while her father is a fisherman. In her profile interview, Lyca said she assists her mother willingly and shared that a part of what they earn from scavenging, she uses for "baon" to school.

Hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, "The Voice Kids" airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.