MANILA, Philippines – Eleven-year-old banana cue vendor Elha Nympha of Team Bamboo was declared the grand champion of the second season of “The Voice Kids,” after receiving 42.16% of the public votes during the program’s grand finals Sunday night (Aug 30).
“I’m happy and I didn’t expect to win. I’m very happy because it’s my first time to win in this kind of competition,” said Elha.
Elha, Bamboo’s first artist to win the top-rating singing competition, beat Team Lea artists Reynan Dal-anay, who got 31.64% of the votes, and Esang De Torres (18.16%), as well as fellow Team Bamboo artist Sassa Dagdag (8.04%).
“I just truly believe she deserves it. The right thing I did this season was turn for her. I was the only one who turned for her (in the blind auditions). That’s quite a story. No one saw her coming, and then at some point, I knew I had someone very special,” said coach Bamboo.
As the newest “The Voice Kids” grand champion, Elha won a recording contract from MCA Music Inc., a music instrument package, a shopping spree, a family utility vehicle, a house and lot worth P2 million, P1 million cash, and a P1 million trust fund.
Before performing her winning piece “Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin,” Elha impressed viewers with her mind-blowing rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” that showed off her whistle register, and sang with Jed Madela in the finale’s first two rounds on Saturday (Aug 29).
Reynan, Esang, and Sassa, on the other hand, performed with “Your Face Sounds Familiar’s” Gary Valenciano, Billy Crawford, and Sharon Cuneta.
During the Sunday live show, meanwhile, coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo also performed for the first time “Sariling Awit Natin,” a soon-to-be-released song composed by Yeng Constantino in collaboration with Jonathan Manalo.
The second season of “The Voice Kids” was a phenomenal hit on Philippine television, as viewers nationwide watched the young artists share their dreams and sing their hearts out, making it the most watched TV program in the country in June and July. It recorded its all-time high national TV rating of 46.3%, based on data from Kantar Media.