Ex-child star fails to turn chairs, but gets tips from Coach Lea

Posted at 05/25/14 11:25 PM

MANILA -- She may not have turned any chairs, but she got tips and lessons from no other than Lea Salonga.

Former child star Amy Nobleza, who hails from Las Piñas City, is no stranger to singing. She was only six years old when she won 1st runner-up in Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers in 2008.

She also appeared in other ABS-CBN shows like "Goin' Bulilit", "Singing Bee","Wowowie", and in an episode of "Maalaala mo Kaya", with Melai Cantiveros.

She also appeared as a mermaid princess in the fantasy series "Mutya" in 2011.

When she left the limelight, she spent her time in the theater, performing in several productions like Jack and the Beanstalk, the Golden Harp, and Hansel and Gretel.

Nobleza said she is nervous about going back to the stage after six years.

"Medyo kinakabahan po ako kasi after 6 years, ngayon lang po ulit ako nakatungtong sa entablado na magcontest," she said.

She added that she joined The Voice Kids to show people that her voice has changed and improved.

Nobleza sang "Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked" for her blind auditions.

Unfortunately, nobody among the coaches turned for her.

"“I know this song too well. Wait, this is too hard," said Salonga as Nobleza sang.

After her audition, Salonga told Nobleza that she chose to sing a "high pressure" song, and the "angriest" part of the song as well.

"Ang hinahanap ko talaga, galit, tapang, tapon. ‘Yung parang galit ako sa mundo pero wala akong pakialam, kakanta ako. Ipapakita ko sa mundo kung gaano ako kagaling. 'Yun ang hindi ko nakuha sayo.”

Salonga then went to the stage to give some tips to Nobleza and to sing the song with her.

"You have a beautiful voice so just work on it," Salonga said, hugging Nobleza.

“Thankful po ako kay Coach Lea kasi binigyan po niya ako ng free lessons para po maimprove pa po yung sarili ko," said Nobleza.

Nobleza, along with another former child actress-singer Julia Klarisse Base, failed to get a slot on Sunday's telecast of "The Voice Kids".

By the end of the episode, Bamboo Manalac recruited three young artists -- 14-year-old Junmark Armecin, 12-year-old Zack Tabudlo, and 8-year-old Nathan Bautista.

Coach Sarah Geronimo got one recruit, 9-year-old Lyca Gairanod, while Salonga was not able to get any new recuits.

"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.