By Ed Diokno
Views from the Edge
Another Filipino American will be competing in The Voice’s 12th season. Gaby Borromeo will be joining Anatalia Villaranda, who had her Blind Audition last week, in the next stage of the singing competition.
This week, Borromeo, 22 joined Adam Levine’s team after performing Leona Lewis’ Happy, causing coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs towards her.
“I’m very surprised that this was not a 4-chair turn,” said Adam. “I think you can win The Voice, like no problem. Correct me if I’m wrong, but when you started singing, you seemed a little nervous… and then as the song progressed you came through in a way that just blew my mind.”
Here is her official NBC bio: “Gaby began singing karaoke at eight years old. After a family party, her relatives encouraged her parents to enroll her in lessons, and with classical training, she started to record demos with a local Seattle producer. She obtained her GED and moved to New York at 15, where she worked with numerous production companies, including a brief stint with John Legend. Gaby has been working at the Boom Boom Room in New York ever since the production company she worked for shut down.”
Sixteen-year old Anatalia, the other Filipino American contestant, picked Alicia Keyes to be her mentor after all four coaches turned their chairs in the show’s premiere last week.
The Voice moves into the Battle Rounds, where contestants are paired up to compete against each other, one-on-one.
The Voice airs on NBC on Mondays, 8 p.m., EST.
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