Darren wows judges with his finals performance

by Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 26 2014 09:14 PM | Updated as of Jul 27 2014 05:47 PM

MANILA -- Thirteen-year-old Darren Espanto, dubbed as the "Total Performer," rocked the crowd and the judges with his performances in the grand finals of "The Voice Kids."

On the show's live episode on Saturday, the 4 finalists -- Espanto, Lyca Garainod, Darlene Vibares and Juan Karlos Labajo -- went through 2 rounds of performances.

For the Power Ballad round, Espanto sang the Basil Valdez classic, "Ngayon," which earned him a standing ovation from the three coaches.

Amazed at Espanto's performance, Broadway star Lea Salonga left a warning to older performers.

"Lahat ibinayaya na ng Diyos sa'yo eh. Gwapo kang bata, magaling kang kumanta, may stage presence kang malakas. Sa lahat ng iniidolo ngayon ni Darren, ito ay isang babala sa inyo: ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw," Salonga said.

Espanto's coach, Sarah Geronimo, also praised the young performer.

"Darren, alam na naming lahat kung gaano ka ka-excellent na performer, excellent na belter," Geronimo said.

She added that Espanto, despite his talent, never showed superiority, and instead, listened to his coach.

"Never kang naging confident, you showed your coachability, your ability to listen to your coach. Nakikinig ka, but may sarili kang desisyon."

For the Upbeat Round, Espanto sang and danced to Justin Bieber's hit song "Somebody to Love".

Geronimo believed that Espanto's performance highlighted his talent, living up to the tag "total performer."

"Hinog na hinog na hinod ka na. Wala nang dapat pang i-coach sa'yo. Darren, masayang masaya ako na nagkaroon ng ganitong round, kasi naipakita rin 'yung, forte mo ito eh, lahat na lang forte mo, ano ka bang bata ka," she said.

"Basta congratulations Darren, bilib na bilib kami sa talent mo, napakatalentado mong bata. Para kang pinaghalong Sir Gary Valenciano, Sir Martin Nievera, talaga namang kumpleto ka na."