Two four-chair turners and Bamboo look-alike steal show

Viewers across urban and rural areas in the country tuned in to the return of “The Voice of the Philippines” as they watched the first batch of new hopefuls sing to try to turn the chairs of coaches Apl de Ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga.

Timmy Pavino (Team Lea), Tanya Cruz (Team Bamboo), Jannet Cadayona (Team Apl), Kokoi Baldo (Team Sarah)

According to data from Kantar Media, the singing-reality show’s pilot episode last Sunday (October 26) recorded a national TV rating of 28.3%, or nine points higher than its rival program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (17.2%).

Posts about the artists and the coaches also flooded on social networking site Twitter, with the official hashtag #TheVoicePHisBack topping the list of the trending topics in the Philippines and worldwide.

So far, each coach has already enlisted one artist on their respective teams. Balladeer Tammy Pavino chose coach Lea, while police officer Jannet Cadayona officially got in the competition when coach Apl turned around for her. But what really brought the house down and had the coaches losing their minds were the performances of the season’s first four-chair turner and rocker Tanya Diaz, who picked coach Bamboo, and another four-chair turner and the ‘reggae tatay of Bacolod’ Kokoi Baldo, who joined Team Sarah.

Also stealing the scene was coach Bamboo look-alike Bryan Babor, who surprised the judges with his singing voice that sounded exactly like his idol’s. Even though he didn’t make it past the blind auditions, Bryan got his wish to have a duet with coach Bamboo.

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