Teen sings Up Dharma Down but picks Lea over Bamboo

Posted at 06/15/14 9:06 PM

MANILA -- A young contestant had a hard time choosing when two coaches turned for her.

Thirteen-year-old Shanne Dandan said she joined the blind auditions "The Voice Kids" which aired on Sunday because she wants to inspire young people.

"Dun po sa mga batang mahiyain po, kailangan niyo din po mag-stand out. Kasi baka dahil po sa talent niyo na 'yan, sumikat po kayo, makatulong po kayo sa iba," she said.

Dandan chose Up Dharma Down's "Tadhana" for her performance, which immediately made Bamboo Mañalac turn his chair for her.

However, before her performance ended, Broadway star Lea Salonga also turned her chair for the teen.

"Shane, masabi ko lang, aside from being the first (to turn) again, I mean that doesn't mean that much, pero being the first na umikot, ang sarap lang pakinggan ng boses mo, na umangat. It just sounded really good and clear, and I just think, bagay lang tayo. You would fit in my team," Mañalac said.

"Yung range mo, ang lawak. 'Yung puso mo, parang inilalagay mo dun sa kanta eh. Hindi natuturuan 'yun. You're very, very special," Salonga said.

Dandan admitted that she initially had a coach in mind but was not expecting having to choose between the coaches.

"Una pa lang po talaga, meron na po akong coach na pipiliin. Pero, hindi ko po alam, ang hirap," she explained.

Dandan eventually chose Salonga, explaining that she believes the musical theater actress can help her in the contest.

Salonga then hugged Mañalac, saying she felt bad for her fellow coach.