As The Voice of the Philippines nears its grand finals night on September 29, the top eight finalists battle it out for the top four slots this coming weekend. Thor Dulay and Janice Javier of Team Apl, Klarisse de Guzman and Morissette Amon of Team Sarah, Radha Tinsay and Mitoy Yonting of Team Lea, and Myk Perez and Paolo Onesa of Team Bamboo impressed the local media with their performances during their press conference held last September 18, Wednesday, at the Dolphy theater inside the ABS-CBN compound.
Each contestant shared their individual strengths and what they considered their advantage over their competitors this weekend. For Team Kawayan's Paolo, he clarified that there is no personal rivalry between him and Myk, but it will be up to the audience to decide whom they prefer. The two have been consistent in being among the top ranked in the previous poll results. “Dito kasi sa The Voice hindi yun yung basehan, hindi talaga basehan kung guwapo ka or maganda ka. Talagang boses pa rin. Ayun, may sariling style siya, may sariling style ako. Ang masasabi kong advantage siguro is wala akong hawak na gitara. Mas nakakagalaw ako, mas nakaka-interact sa audience, yun lang naman kasi magkakilala naman kami talaga. Yun lang naman ang advantage siguro,” he admitted.
Myk said his natural confidence could give him an edge over Paolo. “Sa nakikita kong every performance naming dalawa, sa akin kasi, pag nasa stage na ako, wala na talaga akong hiya eh (laughs). As in kung project, project. If happy yung song ko gumagalaw ako. Kung malungkot yung song ko, pino-project ko talaga. Si Pao kasi pag-nag-pe-perform hindi ko alam pero parang may halo sigurong kaba or medyo nako-conscious pa siya,” he explained.
Former recording artist Thor admitted his past experiences will help him when he goes up against Team Apl co-member Janice. “Siguro ang advantage ko siguro nagkaroon na ako ng album, kahit papaano may nakabili ng album na yun at mabubuhay yung mga humahnga sa akin dati pa. So isa yun sa mga advantages ko. Marami ding mga celebrities na sumusuporta,” he admitted.
Janice, on the other hand, said even though her experience as a singer is different, can still be beneficial to her in the long run. “Ang advantage ko kay Thor, kung dito madami siyang supporters, ako kasi I’ve travelled a lot. Half of my life bumabiyahe ako as a singer so madaming nakarinig sa akin. Siguro yung iba natuwa, yung iba hindi masyado, yung iba okay. Siguro magiging supportive sila this time lalo na meron tayong voting. At saka siguro pagdating naman sa performance, sa tingin ko mas malakas ako kay Thor kasi ito mahiyain eh. Iba kasi yung approach namin eh,” she added.
Members of Team Sarah's camp Klarisse and Morissette also talked about what sets them apart from each other. The two belted out a duet of Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” during the presscon. “Siguro yung range ni Morissette mas mataas pero mas soulful yung boses ko, mas iba, mas bagong tunog kasi mas madami ng bumibirit ngayon. So mas may bago akong ma-o-offer sa music industry,” Klarisse said.
As a former talent show contestant on another network, Morissette said she has more knowledge when it comes to performing. “Ako naman yung advantage ko siguro I would say is how I connect with the audience. Kasi yung laging comment ni coach Sarah kay Klarisse is lagi lang siyang nakapikit. So I will have to say that that is my advantage, na tumitingin ako and I’ve learned that with my experiences dati. Galing na ako sa kabilang network so I’ve already worked and kahit papaano meron na akong naging mga supporters,” Morissette shared.
Team Lea's Mitoy and Radha also chose to downplay going up against each other for a slot in the final four. The two are expected to give an explosive battle of powerhouse vocals in this weekend's The Voice of the Philippines semi-finals aired every Saturday, 9pm and every Sunday 8:15pm on ABS-CBN.