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Changes mark 2nd season of The Voice of the Philippines




Posted on November 04, 2014


AFTER TWO WEEKS of airing on Sundays, the second season of the singing contest The Voice of the Philippines will airing a results show every Saturday starting this weekend, Lopez-led ABS-CBN Corp. said.

THE VOICE of the Philippines judges (L-R) Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga and apl.d.ap
ABS-CBN said the decision to add another night came from fans who do not want to wait until the following week to see the results of the blind auditions.

Performers from around the country try out during the blind auditions to get the audition of the judges who cannot see the performers. The judges then choose which of the contestants will make up their respective teams who will then compete in a series of elimination rounds until the winner is chosen. If two or more coaches like the same performer, the contestant can choose between them.

The Voice of the Philippines is the local version of the hit international franchise that started in Holland in 2010. Band vocalist Mitoy Yonting, 43, won the title and the P1-million cash prize in its first season last year.

ABS-CBN also aired a children’s version of The Voice called The Voice Kids earlier this year, with nine-year old Lyca Gairanod emerging as the champion.

Back this season are the quartet of coaches apl.de.ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga. Luis Manzano (who hosted The Voice Kids), Robi Domingo, and sisters Alex and Toni Gonzaga handle the hosting duties for this season.

“I’m really happy that the hosts of Season 1 and Kids edition are teaming up. Of course, I’m proud to be back too, since this format is really close to my heart. We get to discover more talents and I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting season,” Toni Gonzaga told reporters.

Mr. Manzano said that his work on this show has come with brand-new experiences because aside from regular hosting duties, he also went around the country to personally invite artists to join the blind auditions.

“In The Voice Kids, we were very impressed by big voices coming from little children, and that proves that innate talent of Pinoy singers. This season, I got to travel the country and I saw the amazement and joy in all artists when I gave them the envelope informing them that they were in the auditions. During the blind auditions, I checked on some of them. So I got to know their inspirations and motivations,” Mr. Manzano told reporters.

‘STEALING’ CONTESTANTS
This season the four coaches will have to assemble 14 artists to form a team by the end of the blind auditions. The new season will also introduce the concept of “steal,” which will allow other coaches to get artists that are eliminated from other teams.

During the “battle” rounds, each coach has to pit two artists from their team against each other and choose only one who will move on to the next round.

If a coach likes the losing artist, he or she can “steal” the performer. If two or more coaches like the losing artist, the artist gets to choose which coach or team to transfer to.

“This season is going to be more thrilling, and that’s going to fuel even more intense competition among the coaches. I’m glad to be of service and show the latest happenings in the program. There are lots of great singers this season,” Mr. Domingo told reporters.

He and Alex Gonzaga will again serve as the program’s “V-reporters” who deliver online updates from backstage and behind the camera.

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 airs Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. starting Nov. 8 on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, visit thevoice.abs-cbn.com, like www.facebook.com/thevoiceabscbn, or follow @thevoiceabscbn on Twitter and @abscbnthevoice on Instagram. -- Jeffrey O. Valisno