(UPDATE 2) After weeks of tough "battle rounds" and "live shows", Team Lea's Mitoy Yonting is finally hailed as the first-ever “The Voice of the Philippines” grand champion.
Mitoy beat top 2 finalist Klarisse de Guzman during the grand finals on Sunday, September 29, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.
After singing John Farnham's “Help” during the final showdown, Mitoy got 57.65% of the public votes while Team Sarah’s Klarisse who performed Leo Valdes' “Magsimula Ka” got 42.35%. The poll, which was solely based on public voting, was reset to zero before the top two contenders had their final sing-off.
Team Apl’s Janice Javier and Team Bamboo’s Myk Perez were named as the third and fourth placer, respectively. Janice earned a score of 13.56% public votes, while Myk scored 12.81% of public votes for the top four results.
Mitoy took home the grand prize of P2 million, a brand new car, a recording contract with MCA Music and an Asian tour.
The most anticipated event featured performances from various stars. Klarisse performed Elton John’s “Your Song” with coach Sarah Geronimo and Robert Sena, while Myk performed “Morning Rose” with coach Bamboo. The rock star coach-judge also danced waltz with Linn Oeymo.
Janice, coach Apl.de.ap and folksinger Lolita Carbon brought the house down with their jaw-dropping performance of “Himig ng Pag-ibig” and “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Mitoy, coach Lea Salonga and Vice Ganda added humor to their fantastic performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
The top four finalists also performed with former Westlife member Shane Filan, singing the boyband’s hits “Uptown Girl” and “Fool Again” while Allan Pineda and Jed Madela opened the show with the top 16 finalists. Among the celebrities who watched the show were Gary Valenciano, John Lloyd Cruz, Angelica Panganiban, Charlene Gonzalez, Angeline Quinto, Iza Calzado, Ruffa Gutierrez, Pooh, Tim Yap, Miriam Quiambao, and Phoemela Barranda.
‘The Voice of the Philippines” finale trended on Twitter, which included the hashtags #Voice PHFinale, #PopstersUniteforTeamSarah, #westlife, Uptown Girl, Bamboo, KampKawayan and Lolita Carbon and many more.