Though it was a unanimous choice for all the four coaches that Nino Alejandro, did nail the song ‘We Built This City’, popularized by Jefferson Starship (from the album ‘Knee Deep in the Hoopla’); but the 25-year-old Kapampangan sessionista—Karl Tanhueco didn’t show any weakness, but proved to be versatile enough that he can sing side by side with music royalty—his opponent in the battle round.
It was quite obvious that Tanhueco would most likely lose in the round and I felt that his journey was ‘too’ short-lived. However, if given another chance he still has the chops to show what he’s got. Along with the rest of the coaches—Bamboo, Sarah G., Apl, and the coach of the two competing artists—Lea Salonga—I, too, agree that Alejandro really did well in this battle. He literally owned the stage the moment he started singing while the charming Tanhueco was struggling to let his voice shine through.
Based on Coach Apl’s statement—‘What does it take to built a city?’ It’s a carpenter. The two artists showed a ‘pukpukan’ (hammering) performance, but was Alejandro who was put through to the next round of competition by Salonga, leaving Tanhueco bidding goodbye.
Alejandro is the nephew of Philippine music icon Hajji Alejandro and cousin of singer-actress Rachel.
Watch the MTV of the song originally sung by Starship.
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