Coming from a family of singers, it didn’t come as a surprise that the 11-year-old aspiring singer Carmelle Collado from Sipocot, Camarines Sur has brandished the exceptional singing talent that runs in their blood. In fact, her Mommy Neneth already saw her big potential to be a singer when she was only three years old.
But it was her maternal grandmother, Lola Gloria, who inspired her to join singing contests. As she reached the age of 6, Carmelle participated in their school’s singing contest wherein she won by performing Lea Salonga’s “Journey.” Being a kontesera herself in her younger years who used to be friends and, at the same time, rivals with the Superstar Nora Aunor, Lola Gloria encouraged her to join The Voice Kids Philippines Season 4 as it has been her dream to see her granddaughter sing on television.
And now, she’s not merely showcasing her singing prowess, but is also making her family and kababayans truly proud as she brandishes how a true-blooded ‘oragon’ she is in every performance that she does. As she’s on her way to the grand finals as Kamp Kawayan’s bet, let’s take a look back on her remarkable journey in the competition.
The Blind Audition:
On her debut on the The Voice Kids Philippines Season 4, Carmelle immediately pleased us with her heartfelt rendition of Sharon Cuneta’s classic hit “Bituing Walang Ningning” that made Coach Bamboo Mañalac turn.
She might have failed to make Coach Lea turn her chair, but still she had the fleeting, once-in-a-lifetime moment to have a duet of “Journey” with the Broadway Diva onstage that truly touched our hearts.
The Battle Round:
Together with her fellow Kamp Kawayan members, she, Soprano Sweetheart of South Cotabato Aya Barcenilla, and Singing Surfer of South Africa Gabby Aromin indeed dominated the Battle Rounds with their astonishing performance of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.
Coach Sarah Geronimo got more amazed with her while Coach Lea chose Gabby. But in the end, it was still the “Pride ng Musikerong Pamilya of Camarines Sur” who Coach Bamboo picked.
The Sing-Offs Round:
Carmelle indeed brought the house down with her exhilarating version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” that truly thrilled the coaches, especially her Coach Bamboo who gave her a “good job” and two thumbs up for heeding to his challenge of showing a “little more something” on her performance during the sing-offs.
For the semi-finals round, she made sure to convince us that she really deserves to be “staying” in the competition as her powerful and rousing rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” received a standing ovation from the live audiences. Thus, there’s no doubt that Coach Bamboo chose her to be Kamp Kawayan’s bet on the grand finals.
Will Carmelle be the fourth grand champion of The Voice Kids Philippines? Let’s find out by not missing the The Final Showdown this coming weekend!