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New season of talent search “The Voice Kids” is coming back. And before it officially airs, members of the press had an opportunity to interview one of the show’s coaches— Bamboo Manalac. 

With his good tract record as a coach, some of the talents he handled are already curving their names in the local music scene, one of them is the “Buwan” artist JK Labajo. And according to Bamboo, he is proud of what Labajo has achieved. 

“I’m very proud of him. I think it’s a beautiful song. One of the best songs last year.” He also said he’s happy for the other talents who are soaring on their own career even they were not part of his team. “Kahit hindi ko ka-team, if they find success in what they love to do, hands off. I’m very happy for them.”

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When asked what makes him turn his chair for a talent, Bamboo clarified that one doesn’t have to be a rock singer, instead, an artist who can tell a story through songs. 

“Hindi kailangang rock, iyon yung parating naiisip ng mga bata pero hindi,” he said. “It’s always a cliche basta he connects to us, we hear something special, that one thing. That’s it. Lahat naman kami nakikinig sa ibat-ibang klaseng music whether it’s jazz, rock, pop,” he explained. 

‘The Voice Kids’ coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac, and Lea Salonga. (Image by Jessica Pag-iwayan)

With only three of them coming back as coaches namely Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, and himself, Bamboo said that he will miss coach Sharon Cuneta. “I do miss coach Sharon. She brings a different dynamics as well to the team.”

In the end, the “Tatsulok” artist said he’s looking forward to meet this season’s auditionees. “We don’t know kapag bata that’s what makes ‘The Voice Kids’ special. Hindi namin alam kung anong ibibigay ng bata sa amin, it’s always the unexpected,” he ended.

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