The Voice Kids (Philippine TV series)

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For the main Philippine franchise of The Voice, see The Voice of the Philippines. For the current season of this franchise, see The Voice Kids (Philippines season 1).
The Voice Kids
The Voice Kids Philippines title card.jpg
The title card of The Voice Kids
Genre Talent show
Format Reality singing competition
Created by John de Mol
Written by
  • Aol Rivera
  • Garlic Garcia
  • Waldo Bautista
Directed by Johnny Manahan
Presented by
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (as July 20, 2014)
Executive producer(s)
  • Tarah Anne Buslon
  • Jose Paolo Fajardo
  • Jerome Carlos Vargas
Camera setup Multicamera
Running time 47–50 minutes
Distributor Talpa
Original run May 24, 2014 – present
Related shows
External links

The Voice Kids is a Philippine reality singing television competition on ABS-CBN. It is based on the Dutch reality singing competition of the same name.[3] The show aired on May 24, 2014.[4] The coaches of the show is composed of Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, and Sarah Geronimo,[5] and is hosted by Luis Manzano, together with Alex Gonzaga.[6]

It is the third national franchise in the Southeast Asian region after Thailand and Vietnam.


The series is part of franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands with the same name.


The Voice Kids logo.

The Voice Kids is a reality television series that started from a format originating from the Netherlands with the same, which was a spin-off of the main series "The Voice of Holland." The whole format features three coaches or judges searching for a batch of talented new kids, who could become the Philippines' new child singing superstar. The show's concept is indicated by its title: The 3 coaches will only judge a singer hopeful termed by the show as "Artist" with only his/her vocal talent without prejudice to his/her physical bearing.[7]

It's with this concept that makes The Voice franchise rise above other known reality talent searches which airs in any known media platform such as The X Factor franchise, the Got Talent franchise or even the Idol franchise.[7] The lucky Artists who have advanced from the audition round would be split into three teams, whom are mentored by three well-known personalities in terms of singing which in the show, termed "coaches" who in turn would collaborate with them and choose songs for their artists to perform. Only kids ages eight to forteen years-old can participate.

There are five known different stages: Producers' auditions, Blind auditions, the Battles, the Sing-offs, and the Live shows.[7][8]

On-ground and the Producers' auditions[edit]

As for any "The Voice" franchise the first stage is the producers' auditions, which are not shown on television. In the Voice of the Philippines, ABS-CBN headed by their regional partners nationwide and abroad are tasked to conduct the "Unseen Auditions." At this stage, there will be different judges that will use the power of media to on-ground auditions where the team will travel in and out of the country to find the best of the best to participate in the next set of auditions, "The Blind Auditions."

Blind auditions[edit]

The first televised stage is the blind auditions, where artists will be given a minimum of ninety seconds to sing their audition piece. The official coaches of the show will be sitting on a chair facing away from the stage and artist.[9] The coaches will only judge by the power, clarity, type and uniqueness of the artists singing capability. If they like what they hear and want to mentor the artist for the next stage, they will push a button on their chair that would turn the chair around to face the artists for the first time. This concept was created to avoid any due prejudice of their physical bearing and life-story. If a coach turns for an artist, that artist will be included in his/her team. If more than one coach turns around, the choice to pick a who will he/she be mentored goes to the artist. If no coach turns his/her chair the auditioning artist's journey ends. At the end, each of the coach will have a certain number of artists in his or her team (18 in the first season)[10] who will be advancing to the next round.[11][12][13]

The Battles[edit]

The second stage called "The Battles," is where a coach will build his team for "The Sing-offs". A coach will group his artists into groups of three. Per group, they will be given a single song to sing together. They are mentored and developed by their respective coach in the process. A vocal showdown will commence in the Battle stage where only the artist whom the coach deemed sung the song assigned better will advance to the next round.[14]

The Sing-offs[edit]

The third stage called "The Sing-offs," is a recently added round in the local franchise (was not introduced in the first season of the adult version).[10] It is similar to "The Sing-offs" of the Netherland Kids version where each coach will pick two artists in order to advance to the semi-finals.[14]

Live shows[edit]

After "the Sing-offs", the artists will go directly to the Live shows, which will also be the semifinal round. Only the top four artists voted by the public will advance to the finals.[14]


The Voice Kids coaches and their chairs during the Blind auditions. The chairs, just like in the other franchises in the world, plays an important function in the show.

On November 18, 2013, Lauren Dyogi, the franchise's business unit head, announced on Twitter that there will be a kids version of The Voice of the Philippines.[15] The franchise was launched after the success of the first season of the main version which had garnered high ratings and was trending topic online.[16][17] Auditions schedule were later announced in the same month.[15]

On March 9, 2014, the show released its first teaser.[18][19] On March 17, 2014, the production team of the program started to provide updates of the filming of the Blind auditions, posting teasers of the new improved set and chairs and of the coaches in the show's official social media accounts.[20][21] A second teaser was aired on April 2, 2014.[22]


The first open call auditions was held on November 23, 2013 at Metro Gaisano Pacific Mall in Mandaue, Cebu and was open to kids aged 8 to 14 years old.[23][24] It was followed by an audition held on December 1, 2013 at the Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila.[25] In 2014, auditions for the Visayas, Mindanao, and Metro Manila were held on January 11,[26] 18, and 25 respectively. A separate audition for Luzon was held on February 1.[27]

Filming and set locations[edit]

In an article Lea Salonga wrote in Philippine Daily Inquirer and was published on January 16, 2014, she said the blind auditions will be filmed by March.[28] On March 15, 2014, Sarah Geronimo, in an interview by Jocelyn Dimaculangan from the Philippine Entertainment Portal, revealed that the first day of Blind auditions was filmed on March 17, 2014.[29] The entire Blind auditions was filmed until March 20, 2014 at Studio 10 of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila.[1][10] The Battles and the Sing-offs were also filmed in Studio 10 from June 23 to 25, 2014.

The Live shows were held in Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.[2]


There were rumors that an unnamed Filipino singer who is popular in Asia, and a Filipina singer who is known for winning an international reality singing competition will sit as coaches for this series.[3] Ending the rumors, Lea Salonga herself confirmed that she will be part of the kids version. She also confirmed that Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac will also sit as coaches in the show.[30]

Lea Salonga[edit]

Lea Salonga
Main article: Lea Salonga

On January 15, 2014 interview by Push, Lea Salonga confirmed herself that she will be part of the show.[31] She said that she was happy to join the kids version of The Voice of the Philippines. She also said, "I'm doing it, I can't say 'we' because I don't know. You'll have to ask Bamboo and Sarah (Geronimo) if they also said yes, but I said yes na. So we're just kind of fine tuning it. Kasi even in the franchises abroad like the Netherlands and Korea, they chose the same people who do the adults and kids. But there's just going to be three coaches. It's a shorter season. With the adults, it's the same as last year. And we're going to start ramping up. It's exciting and I've been getting texts form the staff who are auditioning people for this year, they're all like telling me, 'Maloloka ka, maloloka ka sa galing ng mga nag-o-audition. I think you'll find it even better than last year.' I feel like my cup runneth over! (laughs) So it's exciting to think about. I can't wait to start. It'll be fun. It will be a good time."[32]

Bamboo Mañalac[edit]

Sarah Geronimo
Sarah Geronimo
Bamboo Mañalac
Bamboo Mañalac
Main article: Bamboo Mañalac

On March 7, 2014, Salonga confirmed on her Twitter that Bamboo Mañalac will be part of the kids version of the show.[30] In an interview, Bamboo admitted that coaching kids in this version will be difficult, but see it as a challenging thing to do. He also said that, "With adults, you already know where they're headed as an artist. With kids, it’s still a gray area. So I carefully listen to every child so I can give justice to their performance when I comment, whether I turn around or not."[14]

Sarah Geronimo[edit]

Main article: Sarah Geronimo

On March 7, 2014, Salonga confirmed on her Twitter that Sarah Geronimo will be part of the kids version of the show.[30] In an interview by Nerisa Almo of the Philippine Entertainment Portal, Geronimo shared and described her experience in the Blind auditions of The Voice Kids. She said that there were times that kids will cry for not being chosen in the Blind auditions and they had to control their criticisms.[33]


On February 10, 2014 interview of Toni Gonzaga in Banana Nite, Toni Gonzaga confirmed that she will not be hosting the kids version.[34] On March 11, 2014, a rumor was circulating online that Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga will be hosting the show.[35][36] By March 14, the rumor was becoming more stronger as The Voice Kids team published a teaser, through the franchise's official Instagram, of an image of two silhouette individuals described as the hosts of the show. Few netizens commented that the silhouette figures highly resembled those of Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga.[37] On March 17, 2014, it was confirmed by the official PR website of ABS-CBN that the show will be hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga.[6]

Season summary[edit]

Artist's info
Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning Coach Hosts Coaches
1 May 24, 2014 July 27, 2014 To be determined Luis Manzano
Alex Gonzaga
Lea Salonga
Bamboo Mañalac
Sarah Geronimo


Contestant placing
     Winning coach

Winners are in bold, the finalists in the finale are in small italic font, and the eliminated artists are in small font.

Season Coaches and their finalists
1 Lea Salonga Bamboo Mañalac Sarah Geronimo
Darlene Vibares
Tonton Cabiles
Juan Karlos Labajo
Edray Teodoro
Lyca Gairanod
Darren Espanto

Guest advisers[edit]

In the show, several people will aid the coaches in guiding their respective teams. These people will help each of the team's assigned to them to prepare for the Battles and during the Live shows.

Season Coaches and their advisers Source
1 Lea Salonga Bamboo Mañalac Sarah Geronimo [38]
Annie Quintos


Television ratings[edit]

Television ratings for The Voice of the Philippines on ABS-CBN are gathered from two major sources, namely from AGB Nielsen and Kantar Media. AGB Nielsen's survey ratings are gathered from Mega Manila households, while Kantar Media's survey ratings are gathered from all over the Philippines' urban and rural households.

Season Number of
Premiere Rating Rank Finale Rating
Rank Rating
Rank Media Ref.
Timeslot Primetime Timeslot Primetime Timeslot Primetime
1 20 May 24, 2014 25.0% #1 #1 July 26 & 27, 2014 AGB Nielsen [39]
33.3% #1 #1 Kantar Media [40]


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External links[edit]

Official Twitter accounts of the Coaches of The Voice of the Philippines

Coach Twitter account

Lea Salonga @MsLeaSalonga
Bamboo Mañalac @Bamboomusiclive
Sarah Geronimo @JustSarahG
Official website
Social Networks