Why did Lyca win? Lea Salonga weighs in

Posted at 08/07/14 12:40 PM

Lyca Gairanod

MANILA – More than a week after the widely watched finale of “The Voice Kids,” Lyca Gairanod’s victory on the show continues to be a subject of debate in various social networking sites.

While many are happy for the nine-year-old singer, who was named the show's first-ever grand champion, there are those who believe that Darren Espanto, who was also from Team Sarah, should have won the TV talent competition.

But Lea Salonga, one of the coaches on the top-rating talent show, wasn't surprised with Gairanod's victory.

In her article that was published on Inquirer’s website Thursday, Salonga said Gairanod "touched them. Pure and simple.”

“I believe it is a combination of… many things. Her backstory was definitely a big part of it—her father being a fisherman, her mother and siblings scavengers. Her singing style is another factor—with a voice that comes from her heart before her throat, comfortable belting out both Aegis songs and Sharon Cuneta mega-hits.”

But this is not to say that the other finalists were not good.

“Recalling Darren’s rendition of ‘Ngayon’ still sends chills up my spine. Darlene’s ‘Louder’ is my favorite performance of hers, filled with her signature spunk and sparkle. JK’s ‘Yesterday’ was heartbreaking, reminding us that this dream was his mother’s, as much as his own. Lyca’s ‘Narito Ako’ was emotive and confident,” she said.

However, Salonga believes that Gairanod stood out because she represented “what guts and gumption can accomplish.”

“I watched this kid rehearse and perform. Despite her lack of education, she learned her songs for each round of the competition by sheer will and with an ultra-absorbent brain,” she said.

“She is certainly one of the most makulit kids I’ve ever met, with a quick wit and an even quicker mouth. But she showed us, as individuals and as a people, that anyone with a big voice, a big-hearted coach, a stage and a microphone could be elevated and celebrated,” Salonga added.

Salonga said people voted for Gairanod because she proved that nothing can hinder anyone’s dreams.

“Lyca is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion because she represented everyone who voted for her. If her dream could come true, then everyone else’s could, too. What people felt for her was not pity; it was something far more positive: Hope,” she said.