Darren Espanto says he treats Lyca Gairanod like a little sister and not a rival.
The Voice Kids
finalist Darre Espanto said he looked forward to seeing his family and friends in Canada again. “Yung parents ko na-mi-miss ko pati kapatid ko kasi
long-distance relationship po talaga. Pero magikita-kita kami ulit sa pagbalik ko sa Canada. Na-miss ko rin kuwarto ko sa Calgary at saka yung bahay ko kasi
I haven't been there in four months. Excited na ako makabalik sa hometown ko. Sa North America tour ko ito yung
the Total Performance tour, homecoming ko po ito, kaya sana nag-enjoy sila sa concert ko
and this is different from what you've seen from me in The Voice
so they can expect more,” he shared.
Darren said that after joining the show, he also misses some parts of life before showbiz. “In my old life basically miss ko yung pwede kami pumunta sa mall, mag-bonding. Kasi ngayon puro indoors, sa studio lang, mga meetings. Pero enjoy pa rin kami kahit papaano,” he admitted.
With his solo album coming out soon, coinciding with The Voice Kids All-In Concert on December 6 at the PICC Plenary Hall, Darren said he is both excited and nervous over how people will receive his solo project. “It's all original compositions so it's different from what I've done in The Voice kaya sana ma-enjoy niyo,” he said.
Darren is also part of The Voice Kids album along with Lyca Gairanod and the five other finalists from the show. If there was one lesson he learned from his coach on the show, Darren said it is to be confident always. “Ang natutunan ko kay coach Sarah Geronimo, sabi niya sa akin, 'Hindi mo kailangan manalo para matupad ang pangarap mo. Just always believe in yourself and mabait ka lang parati, keep your feet on the ground and you'll make it.' So yun yung tips ni coach Sarah sa akin,” he added.
With a big fan following of his own, Darren admitted he is aware of how protective his supporters can be of him but he does not approve of his fans fighting with other fans of The Voice Kids, especially those of grand winner Lyca Gairanod. “Sana hindi na mag-away kasi kaming apat po parang magkakapatid lang kami so sana hindi na sila mag-away. Sana ipatuloy nila yung suporta nila sa amin ni Lyca at sana hindi na tayo mag-away, kahit yung fans ni Darlene (Vibares) at ni JK (Labajo) sana bati-bati na lang tayong lahat. One big happy family po tayo,” he explained.
Off-cam, he said there is really no rivalry between him and his The Voice Kids
co-finalists whom he also considers to be his good friends. “Backstage before we perform we always pray. We actually play as a group kasi sa iPad. Nagsasabihan kami na, 'Huwag ka kabahan.' Actually bago kami mag-perform nasusuka kami eh, hindi kami mapakali. Umiikot kami ng umiikot, yung isa tumatalon, yung isa nasusuka. Pero nag-vo-vocal exercise din po kami para ma-warm up yung voice at actually bago kami mag-step sa stage, ang tingin ng tao sa amin mature na performers pero sa backstage parang naglalaro pa kami, naghahabulan para mabawasan yung pressure,”
Having admitted that he also wants to pursue acting in the future, Darren said he would love to get the chance to work with any of his two celebrity crushes from the Kapamilya network. “Noon pa po si ate Angel Locsin at si ate Kathryn Bernardo ang crush ko nung bata pa ako hanggang ngayon eh. Kasi mahusay po silang umarte, mabait at siyempre maganda (laughs). Gusto ko sila makatrabaho kahit hindi love team, kahit parang ate ko po sila, okay lang po sa akin yun,” he admitted.
The Voice Kids The Album is available at record stores nationwide. It is also available for download on iTunes and streaming via Spotify, Deezer, and Guvera. The Voice All-In The Concert will be held on December 6, 8 pm at the PICC Plenary Hal with special guests The Voice of the Philippines grand champion Mitoy Yonting and runner-up Klarisse De Guzman.