Some people are just born to sing on the stage, and Kiefer Sanchez is definitely one of them. At a young age of 12, Kiefer has the charisma and the voice that will take him to great places. Let’s look back at his journey and how he charmed his way to the grand finals with his angelic voice and charisma.
On his days off from school, Kiefer joins his father on his jeepney routes calling out to potential passengers. He is always a great addition as his powerful voice guarantees his dad more commuters on their trips. At home, he enjoys helping his mother set the dinner table. His mother is happy to have such an obedient and helpful son always willing to lend a helping hand around the house. When not helping out his father and mother, Kiefer enjoys playing tumbang preso with his friends in the streets around their house. Of course, Kiefer’s favorite thing to do is singing. He joined the competition because of his sheer desire to perform and be seen on stage.
Kiefer’s first performance onstage was “Puppy Love,” popularized by Donny Osmond. His sweet smile and voice, quickly garnered him a few cheers from the audience. The judges and the crowd fell in love with his charm easily getting him the spot of daily winner granting him a shot to challenge the defending champion.
His road to the finals wasn’t an easy one from the start as he needed to beat Reign Curthney Basa, a 3-time defending champion at the time. This little singer from Davao proved up for the challenge singing Kyla’s “Hanggang Ngayon,” holding nothing back. Reign wasn’t about to pull any punches either electrifying the crowd with her cover of Aegis’ “Munting Pangarap,” which was noticeably a crowd favorite. Both contenders were deserving of the win but with a score of 96%, Kiefer came out on top.
Kiefer’s first defense of the title was up against Cassandra Casimiro. Cassandra sang her own rendition of Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere” while Kiefer matched her performance with his soulful singing of “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt. Kiefer swayed more hearts that day getting him a step closer to the final.
For his second defense, he was up against Maria Kristina Trinidad from Metro Manila, Quezon City. Maria wowed the crowd with her vocal command singing “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. Kiefer replied with an incredibly emotional cover of “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar. Kiefer’s love for his parents were clearly an inspiration for his performance that day and his singing moved both the crowd and judges, keeping his run for the golden microphone alive.
Kiefer’s third challenge proved to be a battle. Andrian Angelo Jance’s version of “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth was well loved by the judges and the audience. It was a close call but Kiefer’s rendition of Regine Velasquez’s “Isang Lahi,” proved to be the better performance that day.
The final step for Kiefer wasn’t an easy one either. Heather Lindsay Chu looked determined to snatch his spot for a shot at the title. Her skillful and powerful singing of Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” probably made Kiefer’s supporters worry a little. It wasn’t until Kiefer poured his heart out on his rendition of “Ikaw” by Regine Velasquez, unleashing all he got. His soulful cover was enough to secure him a spot in the semi-finals.
Is Kiefer’s charm and angelic voice enough to win him the title and become the first Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids Grand Champion? Don’t miss the Grand Finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids on “It’s Showtime,” this Saturday, June 10.