MANILA – It’s now down to eight finalists on “The Voice of the Philippines” after four more contestants were eliminated during the hit TV show’s fourth live show on Sunday at the Resorts World Manila.
Just like last week, the viewing public and the coaches have an equal say, with the combined percentages of the public votes and the coaches’ scores determining who among them will remain in the competition.
For the most part, the coaches and the voters agreed on who should continue on in the contest.
Music student Klarisse de Guzman was the clear winner for Team Sarah with her controlled rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
“Wow, the emotions,” commented coach apl.de.ap. “Alam, ko ang dami mo ng sinalihan na contest na nabigo ka … but you are a winner tonight.”
“I have to go with ability, talent and skill. I’m going with Klarisse with this one,” said Broadway actress Lea Salonga.
“You took our breath away. Ang sarap sarap mong pakinggan,” said de Guzman’s coach Sarah Geronimo, who gave the contestant 55 against Eva delos Santos, who sang the OPM hit “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.”
The viewers agreed with Geronimo, giving de Guzman 68.91% of the vote.
But Geronimo had good words for the former band vocalist-turned-entrepreneur who is one of the oldest contestants on the show.
"Masarap ‘yung pakiramdam na pinagtiwalaan niyo ako. Salamat sa inspirasyon na binigay niyo sa aming lahat,” she told delos Santos.
Myk and Radha
Although coach Bamboo said it was a close contest between his team’s Isabella Fabregas and Myk Perez, it turned out to be a lopsided victory for Perez, who sang Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” while accompanying himself on the guitar.
“Ang lapit nito eh. No one really ran away (with the round),” Bamboo said, while giving Perez 55 points and 45 points to Fabregas, who did a mash-up of Alicia Keys’ “No One” and Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love.”
Viewers, however, overwhelmingly chose Perez, who got 66.13% of the vote.
“I’ll be honest I’ve been looking forward to your performance the entire weekend,” Salonga told Perez. “Every single note, every single breath, nakukuha mo ‘yung audience mo.”
Bamboo also praised Perez’s consistency. “Album na eh,” he said. “‘You’ve been consistent since the very beginning, ready ka na.”
Also sailing through is ex-Kulay member Radha, who won over both her coach Salonga and the viewers, with her rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”
It was a contest between experience and youth as Radha was up against 17-year-old Kimpoy Mainit, who gave his own spin on the SWV hit “Weak.”
While Mainit received positive comments from the coaches and the audience, Salonga went for experience and gave Radha a score of 60 to Mainit’s 40.
Viewers agreed with Salonga this time as they also chose Radha, who got 65.5% of the vote for a total score of 125.5.
Janice vs Jessica
But just like last week’s much debated elimination of Darryl Shy, who topped the public vote, the viewers clearly disagreed with apl.de.ap in choosing between Bangkok-based band singer Janice Javier and student Jessica Reynoso.
Javier showed off her powerful vocals, taking on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” while Reynoso chose the OPM hit “Ikaw” by Regine Velasquez.
“We thought you were amazing back then but you are getting better and better and better. You have so much experience compared to the other contestants, ‘yon talaga ang edge mo,” Salonga told Javier.
“I am so proud of you tonight, extra swag, extra galaw. Nakikita ko you are ready for a bigger stage,” added apl.de.ap, who gave Javier a high score of 65, leaving only 35 for Reynoso.
The viewers, however, chose Reynoso by an equally wide margin, giving her 60.22% of the vote, compared to only 39.98 to Javier.
But in the end, Javier won the contest with just a combined score of 104.19.
Apl.de.ap, however, was quick to console the young Reynoso.
“Jessica, you are so young but you sing like you’ve gone through so much. There’s so much future ahead of you,” he said. “I’m gonna be around to make sure this is not the end of your career.”
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