Pinoys make it on Australia's 'The Voice'
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Filipinos made it though the blind auditions of the Australian version of the TV talent search "The Voice."
On Monday night, Philippine-born Jerson Trinidad was picked by judge Delta Goodrem, a local singer-songwriter, to be on her team after his performance of John Legend's "Ordinary People."
"That was so beautiful," Goodrem told Trinidad, who now lives in Melbourne. "I'm so excited to have fun with that magnificent voice of yours."
Another judge Joel Madden, lead vocalist of the pop punk band Good Charlotte, also praised the 39-year-old Fil-Australian. "You're cool. I like it," he said.
The other judges on "The Voice" in Australia are Grammy winner Seal and country superstar Keith Urban, the husband of actress Nicole Kidman.
Trinidad joins another Fil-Australian Yshrael Pascual, who blew the judges last April 16 with his performance of "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones. Pascual is part of Team Seal.
According to his bio posted on the show's website, Trinidad migrated to Australia with his family in 1989. When he was 19, he joined the talent contest "Star Search" and made it to the finals. The following
year, he joined another contest, "New Faces," and won.
For the past 10 years, he has been singing at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. But he knows he is more than a hotel singer and decided to join "The Voice."
Pascual, 33, was born in Marikina and moved to Australia when he was just 7. He was part of the Australian boy band 4te and even won the the Music Oz 2004 Award for Best R&B Talent for his solo song, "I'm Blown."
The website news.com.au described Pascual as having a "flamboyant style, reminiscent of Adam Lambert," the US glam rocker who shot to global fame on "American Idol."
This is the first season of "The Voice" in Australia, where it has become an overnight success.
The two Fil-Australians, however, face tough competition from early favorite, blind singer Rachael Leahcar, whose performance of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," has been described by Australian media as a
"Susan Boyle moment."
Boyle became a worldwide sensation when she sang "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables" on "Britain's Got Talent."