Fil-Am contender stays strong in ‘The Voice US’


After giving N’Sync’s 2000 hit “Bye Bye Bye” a total vocal makeover, Amy Vachal— the Filipino-American from Brooklyn, New York—is now one step closer to The Voice’s nearing championship.

As the votes were cast on Tuesday night in Hollywood (Wednesday morning in Manila), Vachal remained at the Top 9 of the competition’s ninth season. She is under the tutelage of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

Levine—the proud mentor who “adopted” Vachal into his team when she let go of original mentor Pharrell Williams during “Knockout” round—said that the 26-year-old singer has maximized the creative capacity she can have in flipping popular songs and making them her own.

“There’s a million different ways a great song can be a great song, and you’re so good at it—the way you sing them, the way you approach them and the way that you come up with them,” said Levine.

It can be remembered that since The Voice’s trademark “blind auditions,” Levine had always wanted for Vachal to be on his team. Unfortunately, he could not press his button because he had garnered enough members for Team Adam.

Meanwhile, fellow mentor-judge Gwen Stefani also had praises for Vachal’s performance. “I was fantasizing about your tour that you can go on after this. Just take a bunch of songs, flip them. Everyone wants to see that,” the No Doubt vocalist said.

“You are set up. You can go on tour. You are perfect,” she added.

Not only did Vachal impressed the show’s judges and viewers, she also garnered the attention of the band she covered, N’Sync. Members of the boy group from the 90s took to Twitter to praise the contestant for a perfornance “well done.”

Vachal’s latest feat came the week after she rendered Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” with jazzy tunes. Her version made her one of the most downloaded The Voice artists on iTunes.

Vachal is born to a Filipina mother and a Caucasian father.

“My mom was born and raised there . . . I’m so grateful to be considered one of their own even though I’m a ‘hapa’ [a term for half-Asian children]baby,” Vachal told NBC News in an earlier interview.

She is also reported to be the niece of Cebu 3rd district representative Gwendolyn Garcia.


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