He might not have undergone formal voice lessons like what his contemporaries did, but this aspiring young singer from Asingan, Pangasinan was able to blow our minds with the powerful and wide-ranging vocals he has showcased throughout his stint in The Voice Kids Season 4.
The son of an Overseas Filipino Worker mom and a self-employed welder dad, Vanjoss Bayaban started singing at the age of four, with the guidance of his father who also serves as his mentor. He might not have studied music, but Daddy Bayani used his experiences as an amateur singer in his younger years and the pointers he gleaned from watching singing contests on television in training his firstborn.
Thus, his aspirations to bring his mother back home and to fulfill his father’s dream of becoming a singer fuel him to do great in his every performance, leaving us breathless and delighted ever since his Blind Audition last August.
As he successfully breaks into the grand finals after being chosen by Coach Sarah Geronimo, let’s take a look back on his remarkable journey in The Voice Kids Season 4 through this feature.
The Blind Audition
Belting out the classic Marco Sison hit “My Love will See You Through” made Vanjoss a three-chair turner after being able to totally impress the three coaches with his unbelievable wide vocal range and how he effortlessly reached the high notes that almost knocked the whole studio down.
In the end, amidst the compelling persuasions of coaches Lea Salonga and Bamboo Mañalac, he chose to be a part of Team Sarah, who praised how he’s seemingly “solid” already and well-prepared for the competition.
The Battle Round
The “Breathtaking Young Balladeer of Pangasinan” then got pitted against fellow male belters “Jukebox Brother of Negros Orienta” Jayrome Sevillejo and “Pursigidong Kontesero of Cebu” Renz Aleguijo in the Battle Rounds, wherein they performed Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need A Friend”.
Both Lea and Bamboo voted for Renz, but it was still the young Pangasinense who shone the brightest among them for Coach Sarah.
The Sing-Off Round
For the sing-offs, he amazed us with his rendition of Celine Dion’s “Power of Love”, convincing the Popstar Royalty that he’s indeed worthy to advance on the semi-finals.
After making his coach’s heart skip a beat during his blind audition, Vanjoss eventually left Sarah teary-eyed and almost speechless with his outstanding and heart-rending take on Sugarfree’s “Makita Kang Muli”, which for her was a great testament of his immense love for his mom and his dreams.
Meanwhile, Lea described it as “impressive” and “gorgeous”, while Bamboo commended him for not letting his innocence slip away in this number.
Will Vanjoss be the next The Voice Kids Philippines grand champion? Let’s all find out by not missing the The Final Showdown this coming weekend!