On Sunday evening, the two female coaches of ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ went through emotional stress in choosing for their two last-team members who would fight in the second to the last round of the said singing competition televised nationwide and can be viewed worldwide via IWantTV. Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo had a difficult time in choosing Leah Patricio and Monique Lualhati to join the other two artists—Timmy Pavino and Jason James Dy in their respective teams.
Letting go of Nino Alajandro and Kokoi Baldo drew mixed reactions from the live audiences, from the televiewers and even from the Netizens, but I share the same feeling for the two judges, which I also have questioned in their decisions in the past, but in my reflections—I also realized that being a ‘judge’, which I also underwent many times in the past—it is one act that is as tough as choosing to live or to die on this earth.
People should always remember that life is a series of battles and sometimes we all have the chance to win and at times we are pushed aside to fail, but what matters the most is accepting the fact that LIFE IS NEVER FAIR. The only thing that stays is the reality of how we all have to stand up, strive hard, to finish the race.
If Geronimo chose Monique over Kokoi, it was clear that Lualhati really wanted to stay in the competition. Meanwhile, on Alejandro’s case—he may have joined the competition to stage a comeback, but personally, he doesn’t need any comeback at all; he is already made as opposed to his fellow team member—Patricio.
Like what I have written in the thread on Nino Alejandro’s post on facebook, “I love how Ms. Lea Salonga described the artists whom they had to let go. Leaving The Voice of the Philippines stage is not the end of the road, but rather an opportunity for them to collaborate with other artists outside of the competition. All coaches go through tough decisions. Other people may deem not understand the process of choosing the artist who should continue in their journey to become the next Philippine winner, still I respect their choices. Pursuing a dream and succeeding in it is not just limited to winning a particular competition, but it is about acquiring the right attitude and be an inspiration to many who continue to dream dreams, no matter how bumpy the road is. To Kokoi and to Nino Alejandro, they already have their rightful places in the music industry. It is just a matter of how they make a difference in the next challenges presented to them outside of the contest.”