MANILA - Jona Soquite has been named grand champion of the very first season of "The Voice Teens" on Sunday.
Soquite, who was coached by Sarah Geronimo, edged out the competition with her soaring rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly" on Sunday.
She also performed Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and "Better Days" with Geronimo during the first part of the finale on Saturday.
Soquite got 44.78 percent of votes, followed by Isabela Vinzon, Mica Becerro and Jeremy Glinoga with 22.42, 17.79 and 15.01 percent, respectively.
She will take home a house and lot, P1 million, a recording and management contract and a business package, among others.
JOURNEY TO THE GRAND FINALS
Soquite may be the youngest but she's not short on talent — and that's been evident since her blind audition, where the 13-year-old sang a passionate cover of the OPM classic "Anak ng Pasig" and immediately brought the coaches to their feet.
Propelled by her determination to help lift her family out of poverty, Soquite continued to put out impressive covers of "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan," "Stand Up for Love," and "Symphony."
But her best performance came in the semifinals, where she delivered a rousing rendition of George Benson's "The Greatest Love of All," which she dedicated to her parents. Geronimo stood to applaud and told her: "It's always magic when you sing."