Kapamilya singer and 'The Voice of the Philippines' coach Sarah Geronimo. -- Photo: Handout
MANILA -- As the country's "Pop Star Princess," Sarah Geronimo has earned a massive and passionate following. Understandably, a number of them were overcome with joy to a land a spot in the actress-singer's team on "The Voice of the Philippines."
Throughout the Blind Auditions of the hit reality talent search, the 25-year-old Geronimo came face-to-face with several "The Voice" hopefuls, who have the common denominator of being her avid fans.
While some auditioning artists were admittedly decided in advance to pick her fellow coaches over her, Geronimo managed to "charm" them to play for Team Sarah.
Here are the 13 artists representing Geronimo in the Battle Rounds of "The Voice of the Philippines."
Self-confessed Popsters, (1) Michaellen Temporada and (2) Morisette Amon, were among the first recruits of the pop star coach. The former is a 24-year-old registered nurse from Zamboanga del Sur, while the latter is a 16-year-old student and theater actress from Quezon City.
Four-chair turner (3) Klarisse de Guzman, who competed with Geronimo in a 2002 singing competition, picked her former rival as coach to "spend time with her again."
Also on Team Sarah are (4) Junji Aras, a 36-year-old music producer from Makati City; (5) Eva delos Santos, a 51-year-old housewife from Cebu City; and (6) Hans Dimayuga, a 24-year-old freelance signer from Paranaque.
Davao-born architecture student (7) Kat Castro, 21, also impressed Geronimo to get a slot in her team, as did Laguna-based theater actor (8) Gab Ramos, 21.
Geronimo was also happy to recruit (9) Yuki Ito, 22, a self-proclaimed "beauty queen in the making" from Bulacan; and (10) Lecelle Trinidad, 17, an engineering student from Nueva Ecjia.
Completing the pop star's 13-member team are Manila's (11) Maki Ricafort, the 35-year-old former South Border guitarist; Quezon's (12) Dave Lamar, a 22-year-old Fil-American singer; and Bulacan's (13) Roxette Swinton, a 16-year-old student from Bulacan.
Starting Sunday, July 28, Geronimo is bringing her squad of singing Popsters to the Battle Rounds of "The Voice of the Philippines."
Two to three artists from the same team will be pitted against each other by their coach to trim down the number of members by half.
The artist in each pairing or grouping who will best impress Geronimo will move on to the Live Shows.