'Voice Kids' reveals top 4 finalists


Posted at Jul 20 2014 11:03 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2014 08:05 PM

MANILA – "The Voice Kids" revealed the top four artists who will compete in next week's grand finals after the two-day public voting was closed on Sunday night.

Team Sarah's Lyca Gairanod got the highest percentage of votes, followed by her teammate Darren Espanto, Team Bamboo's Juan Karlos Labajo and Team Lea's Darlene Vibares.

The 9-year-old Lyca, who hails from Cavite, wowed the coaches and the audience with her ''superstar'' performance of the song "Pangarap na Bituin" on Saturday night.

Her coach, Sarah Geronimo, calls Lyca an inspiration and a proof that poverty can't get in the way of achieving one's dream.

At a young age Lyca assists her mother, Maria Nessel, who scavenges junk for a living. Her father, meanwhile, is a fisherman.

In her profile interview, she shared that a part of what they earn from scavenging, she uses for "baon" to school.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Espanto also left his mark on the audience with his "phenomenal" live performance of Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" on Saturday night.

His performance also got an overwhelming support online as the hashtag #TVKDarrenForFinal trended on Twitter after his performance.

Espanto came all the way from Canada just to join the "The Voice Kids."

Back in Calgary, his talent was already noticed by scouts when he joined "The Next Star," a popular talent search in Canada.

Team Bamboo's Labajo, meanwhile, charmed the coaches with his live performance of Dean Martin's "Sway" on Saturday night.

In his interview for the Blind Auditions, Labajo said it was his late mother's dream for him to win in a big singing competition like "The Voice Kids."

Now that he has advanced to the finals, he is just one step away of realizing his mom's dream.

Meanwhile, the energetic Vibares captivated the crowd on Saturday with her emotional live performance of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

The 10-year-old wasn't able to hold back her tears as she remembered her late grandfather while singing the song.

Vibares, the daughter of a tricycle driver in Antipolo City, is Team Lea's "girl on fire" who has been charming crowds because of her cheerful personality.

Meanwhile, Ton-ton Cabiles, Jr. of Team Lea and Edray Teodoro of Team Bamboo got the lowest votes among the semi-finalists.

After the winners were announced, all of the kids, crying and emotional, gathered on the stage with their coaches for a group a hug. — The Voice Kids, July 20, 2014