Team Bamboo's Juan Karlos charms with 'Sway'

by Vincent Garcia,

Posted at Jul 19 2014 09:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2014 02:58 AM

MANILA - Cebu's charming son Juan Karlos Labajo again blended his pleasing personality with his singing talent during his semi-final performance on the "The Voice Kids" held Saturday.

During the live show at Resorts World Manila, the 14-year-old sang Dean Martin's "Sway" which had the packed crowd dancing to his every note.

"Bata pa lang, nandoon na agad 'yung sex appeal," quipped coach Sarah Geronimo. "Napalaki ng improvement. Talagang you listened to your coach at in-apply mo sa performance mo tonight."

For his part, Bamboo Manalac, who mentored the young artist, refused to take credit for the performance.

The OPM rock star admitted he had very little to do with how Labajo sang the song, adding that he exceeded expectations.

"You are just a natural. Hindi 'yan natuturo. Wala akong naturo diyan eh, wala talaga. It's all you. At ang ganda ng pinapakita mo, 'yung progression," he explained.

"You just showed that you are a complete package -- you have the personality, you have it all," he added.

Cebuano connection

Before his performance, actress Kim Chiu expressed support for Labajo, who earlier said he had a crush on the 24-year-old.

"Patuloy mo ang paglaban mo ang pangarap mo dahil deserve mo ang manalo. Maging inspirasyon ka sa mga taong inaakala nila na magisa lang sila sa buhay," Chiu said.

"Dahil kung kinaya ng isang bata na tulad mo to rise above all the difficulties, siyempre kakayanin din 'yan ng mga adults na tulad namin," she added.

Labajo recently lost her mother to sickness. The Filipino-German shared that it was her mother's wish to become a singer, and that she was one of the primary reasons why he joined the competition.