Darren Espanto shares that he joined a singing contest in Canada when he was 11 years old
Kris TV’s featured artist this month is Darren Espanto. The young performer sang, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” in the opening number of today’s episode.

When asked how he learned to rap, he shared that he joined a singing contest in Canada when he was 11 years old, “Actually po, yung pag-rap po, natutunan ko nung sumali po akong singing contest. Para po siyang American Idol for kids sa Canada, buong Canada po. Out of 14,000 auditioners (sic), nakapunta ho ako sa top 6 agad.”

Further, he said that he was challenged by the song “Payphone,” “Isa po sa mga live shows na kailangan ko pong gawin, ito pong ‘Payphone.’ Tapos kailangan ko pong mag-rap tapos medyo nahirapan ho ako kasi yung diction ko kailangan nandoon ho tapos nung una ho, nabubulol po ako.”

Darren later sang, “Domino,” his blind auditions song for The Voice Kids and audition piece for The Next Star. According to the young star he picked that song as his audition piece as it showcases his vocal range and at the same time, he enjoys singing it.

Keep on watching, Kris TV, weekdays after Umagang Kay Ganda on ABS-CBN.

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