Bamboo recruits Fil-Japanese in 'Voice Kids'

Posted at 06/08/14 8:42 PM

MANILA - "The Voice Kids" Coach Bamboo Mañalac found another young artist to hone in the person of a 12-year-old Filipino-Japanese from Cabanatuan City.

Natsumi Saito, whose name means "beautiful summer," managed to impress Mañalac with her rendition of Jessie J's "Price Tag" in the talent show's Blind Auditions.

Mañalac, however, thought that Saito could have chosen a different song that would complement her voice.

"Nu'ng naririnig ko boses mo, I felt a real Motown vibe sa 'yo," he told the 12-year-old contestant. "'Yung kanta, at some level, di nagma-match sa napi-picture ko sa boses mo. Pero that's where I come in and guide you."

The former rock band frontman said he was also impressed by Saito's authentic voice, although he admitted it still needs some polishing.

"Sumosobra lang siya sa mga vibrato, sa mga bali, sa mga paikot-ikot ng nota. Pero kaya nga coach ako e. Ako na ang bahalang linisin siya as a singer, as an artist."

Meanwwhile, Coach Sarah Geronimo said she felt that Saito lacked energy while performing the song.

The 12-year-old said she joined "The Voice Kids" to improve her talent in singing and share it to the world.