MANILA - "The Voice of the Philippines" coaches Lea Salonga and Bamboo Mañalac put up a fight to recruit artist Mitoy Yonting, whose Blind Auditions performance convinced the 2-chair turn during Saturday's episode of the reality talent search.
Yonting, who is known as the vocalist of local band The Draybers, roused Salonga and Mañalac to a standing ovation with his rendition of the Didith Reyes hit "Bakit Ako Mahihiya."
The 43-year-old singer from Pangasinan was faced with a tough decision, as both coaches shifted gears with emotional pleas to convince him to join their respective teams.
Salonga, in a rare moment, apologized in advance for a "bleep-able moment" when she cursed to express her admiration for Yonting's singing voice.
"Bihira lang lumalabas sa bibig ko ang ganyan! Ang galing mo, ang galing mo! Kung hindi mo 'ko pinili, iiyak ako! Wala akong makitang ano eh. Technically, laser [precision]," the Broadway singer exclaimed before being interrupted by Mañalac, who then took his turn to convince Yonting.