Veteran band vocalist Mitoy Yonting of Lea Salonga’s team was hailed as the first-ever winner of “The Voice of the Philippines”
“I feel very happy. I’m so blessed today. I thank God and those who voted for me,” said Yonting in an interview with the media minutes after his victory.
Yonting received 57.65% of the combined text and online votes to beat second placer, Team Sarah Geronimo’s Klarisse de Guzman (42.35%) in their ultimate face-off. Their scores were reset back to zero before the poll for them reopened.
His coach Salonga, meanwhile, said, “Whenever I won something, my mom would also feel like she won it because she contributed to it. Now I feel as if I had a son who won and did something right. That’s how it feels.”
In Sunday’s (September 29 Manila time) finale, Yonting crooned the Beatles hit “Help” and performed with his coach Salonga and comedian Vice Ganda in a comic take of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” In Saturday’s (September 28 Manila time) Live Show, Yonting sang Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak” and his original song “Bulag.”
The 43-year old winner also beat other final four artists, Team apl.de.ap’s Janice Javier and Team Bamboo’s Myk Perez, who got 13.56% and 12.81% of the votes, respectively, from the initial poll.
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Yonting had been an early favorite since the show’s Blind Auditions where he delivered a spectacular performance of “Bakit Ako Mahihiya,” which had Salonga and Bamboo fighting for him to be on their respective teams.
Since then, Yonting had consistently delivered superb performances that impressed the coaches and viewers through the Battle Rounds and Live Shows.
Most Filipinos watched the Sunday finale of “The Voice of the Philippines”
The finale opened with an energetic performance from the Top 24 artists of “The Voice of the Philippines,”
Earlier in the show, the other final contenders also performed with their coaches and surprise guests to urge the public to vote for them. Mendoza took on “Your Song” with coach Geronimo and theater actor Robert Sena, while Perez and Bamboo danced the waltz with Linn Oeymo, to the tune of “Morning Rose.”
Javier, meanwhile, sang “Himig ng Pag-ibig” with legendary band Asin’s Lolita Carbon before joining coach apl.de.ap in an electrifying performance of “The Time (Dirty Bit)” that earned cheers from the audience.
The four coaches also shared the stage to give an inspirational performance of “Man in the Mirror,” while Yonting, de Guzman, Perez and Javier later joined Shane Filan of Westlife in “Fool Again” and “Uptown Girl.”
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Before the finale drew to a close, host Toni Gonzaga and Voice (V) V Reporters Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo announced that auditions will soon be held for the second season of “The Voice of the Philippines.”
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