Singer Mitoy Yonting’s win as the first ever The Voice of the Philippines winner last Sunday, September 29, apart from his undeniable talent has been mainly fueled by the public’s votes. But just as a lot of people are amazed by his singing prowess, many are equally miffed by his powerful singing technique even dubbing him as the “Noise of the Philippines.”
During his first official interview with The Buzz, on Sunday, a week after bagging the top plum from the show, Mitoy said that he does not take offense to the tag nor does he feel bad about those questioning his win.
“Ako 'yung taong marunong gumalang sa opinyon ng may opinion. Kung sa tingin nila hindi ako karapatdapat, okay lang sa akin 'yun. Ganun dapat ang tao, huwag mo salubungin para walang gulo,” he said while adding, “Respeto ko sa kanila 'yun. Sana irespeto din nila ang pagkapanalo ko.”
According to Mitoy, making “noise” wasn’t really his goal as a singer.
“Siyempre ‘yun 'yung genre na ginagawa ko, hindi naman lahat ng kanta ginagawa kong ingay. Depende sa kanta iyon. Hindi lang siguro nila nauunawaan 'yung klase nung mga [kanta],” he rationalized.
Notwithstanding his detractors’ criticisms, Mitoy is positive that he has the “voice” which is why he won.
But early on the competition, did he think that he has a huge chance of being the champion?
“Sa simula hindi, nung unti-unti nalang kami. Kasi sa simula hindi mo pwedeng angkinin agad ‘yung titulo eh dahil alam mo lahat ng nakapasok ;ahat ‘yan may ibubuga,” he confessed.
During the entire run of the show, one of the most nerve-wracking face offs that the public has seen was his battle against his co-Team Lea [Salonga] participant, Radha. The veteran singer openly admitted that Radha was a tough competition.
“Sabi ko may hulog ako. Kasi kung tingin nga nila sakin ekperyensado, mas eksperyensado siya sakin… kasi si Radha halos naabot niya na ‘yung [goal eh] dahil sa banda niyang Kulay. Kaya sabi ko may hulog ako dito kapag nagkamali ako,” he shared.
But he refuse to be overcome by that creeping insecurity. It maybe recalled that during that battle, their Tony award-winning coach chose Radha over him and according to Mitoy that didn’t upset him at all.
“Maaaring magkaganon. Kasi kapag tinatanong ako kung ano ‘yung pinapaghandaan mo sa kada battle mo, pinaghahandaan ko pati resulta. Maging maganda man ang resulta o panget pinaghahandaan ko lagi ‘yun,” explained the Draybers lead vocalist.
But eventually it was Mitoy who moved forward all thanks to the public’s votes. However, even before Radha was booted from the competition, Lea has been very vocal about how proud she is about Mitoy.
According to him, the most important lesson that Lea has imparted to him was to always “be yourself.”
He expounded this and said, “Kung paano ka mag-perform sa isang tao o sa isang daang tao. Kung gusto mong paligayahin ang isang tao, ganon din ang gagawin mong performance level sa isang-daang tao… Walang kalahati.”
Speaking of whole performances, Mitoy, towards the end of the interview thanked all those who voted and rooted for him on the show.
“Sa mga nag-text para mailuklok ako sa kinalalagyan ko ngayon, maraming salamat po at hindi ko po malilimutan ito. Ang aking premyo na nakuha ko doon, nangangako ako na hindi ko iwawaldas kasi nakuha ko sa inyo iyon. Hindi ko gagamitin sa walang katuturang bagay lang,” he promised.