A teen singer from Cebu took social media by storm after he appeared on ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids blind audition episode over the weekend. His name and the song he sang dominated Twitter trending topic early this month.
Thirteen- year-old Juan Karlos Labajo performed his version of Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” and instantly caught the attention of coaches Bamboo Mañalac and Sarah Geronimo. Both coaches turned their chairs for the teen charmer and couldn’t stop laughing and clapping their hands for the young crooner until the end of his performance.
Although Leah Salonga did not press the buzzer to make her chair turn, she was very curious and was amazed when she finally saw the kid that made the other coaches laughing non-stop.
Sarah and Bamboo battled out for Juan Karlos. Bamboo said that Labajo should join “Camp Kawayan” and be part of his concert gig. While Sarah immediately took a poster of her concert and wrote Juan Karlos’s name as her special guest.
Prior to the airing of Karlos’ audition on Saturday, his cover of the song already collected more than 2 million views on YouTube and his performance was even used by the network as teaser for the talent show.
For some curious heads, Juan Karlos does not have the best vocals in the competition.
It actually pales in comparison with the power vocals that graced the talent search. What the kid has though is a story that surprisingly did not overshadow his chances of winning the hearts of the viewers. He hasn’t seen his German father yet and his mother passed away in November last year.
Of course the audience would recognize when the network pushes a blatant hard selling scheme by focusing on the contestant’s struggles and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” moment. But in Juan Karlos’ case, the kid was just full of positivity and his five-minute exposure already inspired people.
The young singer, who comfortably had a witty exchanged with the coaches, chose Bamboo as his coach before heading backstage.