Who will be named 'The Voice of the Philippines'?
MANILA -- One among an experienced band vocalist, a Bangkok-based singer, a TV contest alumnus, and a former music student will be proclaimed "The Voice of the Philippines" on Sunday.
After more than three months on air, the Philippine edition of the hit global franchise will name its title winner in the feverishly anticipated grand finals at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.
Battling it out in the two-part finale are Team Bamboo's Myk Perez, Team Sarah's Klarisse de Guzman, Team Lea's Mitoy Yonting and Team Apl's Janice Javier.
The four artists will perform on Saturday to determine the final two contenders who will face off in the concluding episode on Sunday.
The results will be based on public voting, which will open during the Saturday telecast and will resume for a part of the episode the next day. The polls will reset to zero for the final showdown between the top two artists on Sunday.
As in previous live shows, public voting can be done online and via text. Leading up to the grand finals, fans have also been able to vote by purchasing a competing artist's song on iTunes.
Before the final showdown kicks off on Saturday night, here's a quick look-back at the journey of the Top 4 artists of "The Voice of the Philippines."
MYK PEREZ - TEAM BAMBOO
This 22-year-old singer from Puerto Princesa, Palawan was a student at UST's Conversatory of Music, but gave up his education to help in the expenses of his mother's treatment for cancer.
Perez turned four chairs in the Blind Auditions with the Jason Mraz hit "I'm Yours," which gave a preview of his unique twist in taking up popular songs going into the competition.
For the Battle Rounds, he was paired up with John Philip Duka to perform a mash-up of "Hey Jude" and "Come Together." Combining songs, as the show unfolded, became Perez's strength to win the approval of his coach and the public.
The former music student made waves in the Live Shows, first with a mash-up of "California Gurls" and "Isn't She Lovely?", followed by the Adele hit "Chasing Pavements," and most recently, "Change the World" and "Baby, I Love Your Way" for his semi-finals bid.
KLARISSE DE GUZMAN - TEAM SARAH
This 21-year-old singing contest alumnus from Makati City met a former competitor when she entered the Blind Auditions, as she was one of coach Sarah Geronimo's co-finalists in "Star for a Night" in 2003.
Impressing all four coaches with her rendition of "Tulak ng Bibig, Kabig ng Dibdib," de Guzman eventually landed a spot in Team Sarah.
She figured in a three-way showdown with Gabriel Ramos and Rouxette Swinton during the Battle Rounds, and proceeded to wow the audience and her coach in the Live Shows with "Beggin'," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Voice Within," and "To Love Somebody."
MITOY YONTING - TEAM LEA
This 42-year-old music veteran from Manila easily zoomed to frontrunner status when he turned two chairs during the Blind Auditions with his strong voice and charisma.
The lead vocalist of The Draybers, Yonting brought his experience to the auditions stage with "Bakit Ako Mahihiya." Faced with a decision to pick either Lea Salonga or Bamboo Manalac as coach, Yonting eventually joined the Broadway diva's stable.
For the Battle Rounds, Yonting was paired with Chien Berbana for a stirring renditino of "Alone." He would go on to earn a landslide victory in public votes during the Live Shows with "Don't Stop Me Now," which he followed up with hit performances of "Paano," "Against All Odds," and "The Power of Love."
JANICE JAVIER - TEAM APL
This 38-year-old band vocalist was based in Bangkok, Thailand before trying her luck in "The Voice of the Philippines," which she referred to then as a "perfect venue" for her talent to be recognized, separate from her physical appearance.
As it happened, Javier's power vocals turned four chairs in the Blind Auditions, as she sang the Aretha Franklin hit "A Natural Woman."
Beating Lance Fabros in the Battle Rounds, where they performed "Don't Stop Believin'," Javier shined in the Live Shows with stirring performances of "I Believe I Can Fly," "Chain of Fools," "Umagang Kay Ganda" and "Imagine."