MANILA - John Carlo Tan, an 11-year-old kid from Tondo, broke into tears of joy as his "The Voice Kids" coach Sharon Cuneta called out his name. He will be moving on to the live rounds of the singing competition with Antonette Tismo and Alvin Dahan, also from the Megastar's team.
It was well deserved as Tan, earlier in the episode, showed off his vocal prowess with his soaring cover of the inspirational classic, "One Moment in Time," establishing himself as an early favorite -- at least in the eyes of his coach. "This one really showed the rest of your talent, iyong hindi pa nila nakita. I'm so proud of you," Cuneta told Tan.
Saturday's episode had a mix of pitchy performances and awe-inspiring moments, and fans will likely have very little to argue with regarding the results.
Antonette Tismo, a 13-year-old girl from Parañaque who sells rice cakes and vegetables to help her family, made a case that she is more than just her sob story when she belted out "Titanium."
"May challenges na kaunti, lalo na nung gusto kitang subukan sa English. Sinunod mo naman iyong pag-correct ko sa diction mo at kahit hindi na perfect, malapit na. That was a great performance," Cuneta said of Tismo.
Dahan, who sang "Through the Fire," received similar praise. "Nung rehearsals ay maraming kaming sabit kaya takot na takot ako kasi mayroon siyang hindi tinatamaan," admitted Cuneta, explaining her surprised reaction when Dahan aced the highest note of the song.
The unbridled emotions of those whose names were called, however, were in sharp contrast to those whose "The Voice Kids" journey ended. It included Cebu's Gella Vergara, Albay's Ian Joseph Prelligera, and Butuan's Hannah Hakami.
Six-year-old Timoty Pepito and Sharla Mae Cerilles also could not hold back their tears as they had to bid farewell to the competition. Cuneta approached each one of them and gave them a hug, urging them to keep singing.
"The Voice Kids," hosted by Luis Manzano, Robi Domingo, and Kim Chiu, airs Saturdays after "Home Sweetie Home" and on Sundays after "Wansapanataym."