Six young artists with big voices and big dreams are ready to battle it out this weekend as they sing for public votes in the highly anticipated live semi-finals round of The Voice Kids. They are Kyle Echarri and Zephanie Dimaranan of Team Sarah; Elha Nympha and Sassa Dagdag of Team Bamboo; and Reynan Del-anay; and Esang De Torres of Team Lea.
From this crop, only the top four artists who will garner the highest percentage of public votes following their live telecast showdown tonight from the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila will move on to next week’s grand finals. The big reveal will be known by Sunday night, August 23 at the live results show.
There is a huge possibility that one of the coaches may no longer have their artists in the game by the following weekend. Such was the case during The Voice Kids season 1 when both of Sarah Geronimo’s singers lost in the semi-finals.
But as 10-year-old Zephanie said at Thursday’s Top 6 press conference, what is important is that they all made it this far in reaching their dreams.
Meanwhile, when asked how the semi-finalists will fare in the live semi-finals show, international musical artist Lea Salonga confidently replied, “I believe they will be up to the challenge of live shows. They know how to tell a story and their hearts are strong and big.”
Speaking to The Manila Times, she explained the reason why the young singers are more than ready to give the performance of their lives because of their openness.
“The adjustments I’ve had to make in coaching these kids are almost slim to none,” she began. “In fact, I’ve not needed my storehouse of patience with these children as compared to when I worked with the adults in the previous seasons. Why so? Because kids are easy to mould and teach—and more importantly, they’re open to suggestions and constructive criticisms, which makes doing The Voice Kids such a pleasure for us.
“When we have grownups, we have to undo all of their preconceived methods of singing and their attitude. So I have to say that as an artist, I myself have learned a lot from these kids when it comes to being open. Artists need to be this way so that they can get better from feedback and even other musical styles from the international scene.”
Besides the actual singing showdown, special clips showing the coaches visiting the children in their own homes will also be highlight of tonight’s episode.
Since The Voice Kids Season 2 premiered on Philippine television, viewers nationwide have watched the kids share their dreams and sing their hears out, making it the most watched TV program in the country in June and July. It recorded its all-time high national TV rating of 46.3-percent, based on data from Kantar Media.
The live semi-finals show will air tonight at 6:45 p.m., with the results show telecast live again on Sunday at 7 p.m. Public voting mechanics will be explained during the program.