MANILA - Narcylyn Esguerra, a 9-year-old girl from Laguna, could not hide her tears after one of the coaches of the second season of "The Voice Kids" turned for her at the last possible second.
On an episode of the hit singing competition aired Saturday, Esguerra performed "Natatawa Ako" by Aegis.
It seemed that she would not make it past the blind auditions as the three coaches looked unimpressed with her rendition of the song.
That is, until Bamboo Mañalac turned his chair around.
"Napatagal ako kasi habang kumakanta ka medyo pinupuwersa mo na hindi naman kailangan," the rock icon told Esguerra.
"Madami akong matuturo sa iyo. Ang laki ng potential mo. At ang cute mo," he added.
For their part, coaches Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo explained why they didn't turn their chairs around for Esguerra.
"Ang ganda ng boses mo, 'yung tapang ng boses mo. Kaya hindi ako napaikot dahil parang minsan hindi ko na naiitindihan 'yung mga words mo. Masyado nang isinisigaw ng unti lang naman," Geromino said.
Esguerra is the 16th member of Kamp Kawayan. She joins Cebu native Paul Abellana as Mañalac's newest recruits.
"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Robi Domingo, Luis Manzano, and Yeng Constatino, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.