Lee Grane defends Bamboo over 'favoritism'
Lee Grane looking forward to future projects after 'Voice PH'
|Lee Grane of "The Voice of the Philippines"|
MANILA – Lee Grane of the “The Voice of the Philippines” has no regrets that her journey in the reality singing competition had to end early after failing to get into the Top 8.
On the September 8 episode of the hit show, Paolo Onesa received an overwhelming percentage of votes, eliminating Grane from the contest.
In a statement she posted on her Facebook account, Grane said “The Voice” has been by far the most memorable experience she’s had during her 10 years as a musician and she will never trade it for anything else.
“I knew that upon entering the competition, there would be a lot of road blocks and humps on the road to the finish line but I always believe in challenging ourselves in order to reach our full potential. There is always, always, room for growth,” she said.
Grane said “The Voice” also became a venue for her to meet new friends, with whom she shares the same passion for music.
“It was a happy season of meeting and getting to know the other 12 artists of my team. It was like a rainbow with different colors, it was like a kitchen with so many different chefs cooking one meal, adding their own flavor,” she said.
The singer also addressed rumors about being one of coach Francisco “Bamboo” Manalac's favorites in his team.
“Despite all the hurtful messages directed at me, I pulled myself together and accepted the decision given to me, with nothing but grace and gratitude. I always do my best to see the beauty even in the ugliest of times, to find joy in the most trying times of our lives, to smile in the face of troubles,” she said.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Grane said she doesn’t think Manalac plays favorites since he shows equal love and attention to everyone in the team.
“Hindi naman siguro favorite iyon. Kita naman siguro ang 60-40. Siguro nasabi lang iyon because of the Battle Round na ako ang nanalo over that. Pero we are all friends. Sana magbago ang isip nila about favoritism kasi hindi naman totoo iyon,” she said.
She said this was also proven when Manalac gave her opponent, Onesa, a higher score during the live shows where they were pitted against each other.
Grane said she will forever be honored that she was once part of “The Voice” which “was a launch pad and will continue to be so, for many of us who have been searching for that light.”
“I am so honored to be a part of such a prestigious show, to be amidst one of the most unique collections of individuals, unequivocally gifted artists who were given a wonderful opportunity to share our gifts to the world,” she said.
“I am proud to be a Filipino artist and am ready to share my music with the world. A new dawn is coming,” she added.
Meanwhile, Grane also shared who she wants to win in the competition.
“Gusto ko manalo sa ‘The Voice’ of course kung sino man kay Myke (Perez) or Paolo kasi pareho silang benta sa mga kilig votes and iba rin ang genre nila sa ibang team. Radha and Mitoy, out of all the teams, inaabangan ko ang labanan nila kasi para silang Mount Everest, ganun sila kataas kumanta,” she said.
“The Voice of the Philippines” is now down to eight finalists on after four more contestants were eliminated during the hit TV show’s fourth live show last Sunday. They are:
1. Klarisse de Guzman (Team Sarah)
2. Morissette Amon (Team Sarah)
3. Radha (Team Lea)
4. Mitoy Yonting (Team Lea)
5. Myke Perez (Team Bamboo)
6. Paolo Onesa (Team Bamboo)
7. Janice Javier (Team apl)
8. Thor Dulay (Team apl)
“The Voice of the Philippines” airs every Saturday and Sunday on ABS-CBN.