HAVING TAKEN a break after its third season in 2016, The Voice Kids returns with original coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, and Lea Salonga.

The singing competition is open to contestants aged seven to 12 years old. The blind auditions began in May.

During a set visit to the show on July 3, Ms. Salonga observed that the kids who auditioned this season have been very driven.

“They all seem like driven, hardworking, and good human beings. The talent will get them in… We hope that during coaching sessions and rehearsals, they keep a good head,” Ms. Salonga told members of the press.

“It’s exciting in the studio because, even we can’t predict what’s about to happen,” she added.

All the coaches have had wins in the previous seasons. Lyca Gairanod of Team Sarah won in the first season, while Elha Nympha of Team Bamboo, and Joshua Oliveros of Team Lea won in the second and third season, respectively.

The show will be hosted by Robi Domingo and Toni Gonzaga.

The Voice Kids Season 4 will replace Search for the Idol Philippine in its weekend timeslot on ABS-CBN. When the show will start to air has yet to be announced. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman