Team Lea's Jem Cubil, Leah Patricio, Miro Valero and Timothy Pavino. Screengrab/ABS-CBN
MANILA - "The Voice of the Philippines" on Saturday will kick off its Battle Rounds, where artists from the same team will sing-off to impress their coach in a bid to advance to the Knockout Rounds, and then to the Live Shows.
In a first for the local edition of the talent search, eliminated artists from a team may have a second shot at claiming the title of "The Voice." If a competing coach finds a losing artist worth saving, he can press his button to "steal" the contestant.
If two or more coaches attempt to recruit the artist, the artist, as in the Blind Auditions, will get to choose which team he would like to join.
This weekend, each of the teams led by Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and apl.de.ap will field artists in the Battle Rounds. But first, here's a look at all 14 members of each team, starting with Salonga's:
This 26-year-old radio personality from Guam, USA convinced both Salonga and Geronimo to turn their chairs with his rendition of "One Last Cry." Catbagan, who discovered his love for performing in high school, said he joined the competition to buy a new home for his parents after it was swept by a typhoon.
A painting teacher and cake designer, 20-year-old Christelle Tiquis impressed both Salonga and apl.de.ap with an emotional take on "To Make You Feel My Love." According to Tiquis, her father went missing in March this year and she had yet to hear of his whereabouts, one of the reasons why the Laguna-based student joined "The Voice."
A nephew of '70s heartthrob singer Hadji Alejandro, Nino Alejandro successfully had four chairs turning with his energetic rendition of "Highway to Hell." The 38-year-old from Paranaque was a former member of Voice Unlimited, alongside Bojo Molina and Jeffrey Hidalgo, and has two albums to his name.
Salonga was the lone coach who pressed her button for this 25-year-old nurse, who took the stage with "Who You Are" in the Blind Auditions. Sinagpulo, who is based in Cavite, said he had to juggle being a student and professional singer for a time to help his family through a financial problem.
This 24-year-old from Cebu convinced turns from Geronimo and Salonga with his take on "Happy." A band vocalist, Nicasio sees "The Voice" as a stepping stone to his dream of making it to showbiz. Aside from being a singer, Nicasio said he also hopes to get into acting.
Before joining "The Voice," this 21-year-old already earned fans as one of the finalists of "Pilipinas Got Talent" in 2011. The heartthrob singer, who is based in Cebu, once again had the audience shrieking during his Blind Auditions bid. Cubil sang "Use Somebody" that had both Salonga and Geronimo turning their chairs.
This 21-year-old breadwinner from Bacolod was torn between Salonga and Bamboo, who both turned their chairs after she sang "Hurt." Caneda, who stopped schooling to become her family's breadwinner, said she joined "The Voice" for bigger opportunities to help her mom and siblings.
A professional singer, this 25-year-old from Pampanga convinced Salonga to press her button with his rendition of "All Of Me." Tanhueco, who was the grand winner of a PAGCOR singing competition in 2013, considers his stint in "The Voice" as a way to help his family financially.
This band vocalist from Manila had Geronimo and Salonga fighting over her after her soaring rendition of "I Will Always Love You" in the Blind Auditions. Patricio, 35, is no stranger to singing competitions and has even performed with the likes of Bituin Escalante and Frenchie Dy. Clinching the title of "The Voice," for Patricio, would be her big break as a singer.
A session musician, 27-year-old Llave impressed Salonga with his unique take on "Panalangin." Llave, who is based in Quezon City, works with singer Juris Fernandez as her guitarist and back-up vocalist. He once shared the stage with Bruno Mars during the latter's concert at the Araneta Coliseum. According to Llave, he joined the competition to help in the expenses of his father's cancer treatments and his mother's dialysis sessions.
The former vocalist of Stonefree convinced turns from Salonga and Bamboo after singing "Ticket to Ride" in the Blind Auditions. According to Valera, a self-proclaimed "mama's boy," he joined the contest to make his mother happy. The 35-year-old from Quezon City also hopes to launch a solo career by clinching the title of "The Voice."
A chemist by profession, this 25-year-old charmed with his classic take on "Hanggang" which had both Salonga and Bamboo attempting to recruit him. Go, who is based in Quezon City, explained that singing has always been his outlet outside of his work. By joining "The Voice," he hopes to share his talent to more people.
This 24-year-old from Cebu got both apl.de.ap and Salonga to press their buttons after she sang "We Can't Stop." A Star Magic artist by the age of 14, Jordana took a break from showbiz to focus on her studies. Now a real estate account manager, she hopes to return to singing professionally and sees "The Voice" as a door to this dream.
This 24-year-old convinced Salonga, Geronimo and Bamboo to turn by hitting the big notes of "You Are My Song" in the Blind Auditions. Pavino, who is based in Paranaque, already has an album to his name and has performed with the likes of Lani Misalucha and Angeline Quinto. "The Voice," for Pavino, is another shot at making it big in showbiz after finishing runner-up in another singing competition.