MANILA -- Rocker Bamboo Manalac made a difficult decision on Saturday as he chose a young artist to bring to the Sing-Offs of the second season of ''The Voice Kids.''
For the Battle Rounds, Mañalac paired together 11-year-old Altair Aguelo from the US; nine-year-old Romeo Espino from Tondo; and brothers Emmanuel and Sandy Tanio from Bohol.
The group performed the hit Bruno Mars song "Billionaire". Since the Tanio brothers were having difficulties in singing in English, Mañalac instructed them to sing the Filipino translation of the lyrics instead.
Their performance earned a standing ovation from the coaches.
Sarah Geronimo chose Aguelo as the best performer. Lea Salonga opted for the Tanio brothers.
Mañalac, who had a hard time choosing who to bring to the next round, also chose Aguelo.
"Altair, may wall ka when it comes to performance na kailangan mong i-break. You have to make every person here connect with you when you sing. This song just came very naturally to you, you felt at home with this. It just showed your range lang, in the sense that you've been doing this for a while," he added.
The other contestants were not able to control their tears after Mañalac made his choice.
"Good job guys! Chin up, smile. Okay lang lahat, ha. Maraming-maraming salamat sa pagsali niyo dito," Mañalac told the other contestants.
Aguelo, along with Elha Nympha, Benedict Inciong and Martina Ortiz-Luis, are moving as part of Kamp Kawayan to the Sing-Offs.
Meanwhile, Zephanie Dimaranan, Kristel Belo, Amira Medina and Francis Lim are representing Team Sarah.
On the other hand, "FamiLEA" is moving on to the next round with Jhyleanne Rington, Jonalyn Pepito and Luke Alford.
"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Luis Manzano, Robi Domingo and Yeng Constantino, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.