by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News
Two Filipino-Americans made it to the reality TV singing competition, “The Voice” battles premiere on Monday night.
16-year-old, Anatalia Villaranda, who turned four chairs, is moving on to the next round.
Pinay New Yorker Gaby Borromeo is not.
“I don’t know how to describe it, because it was such a positive experience and I’m so happy that I was able to even get on the show,” Borromeo told BA after her elimination.
Borromeo says the experience of having Adam Levine as a coach made it all worth it.
“Adam is a great mentor,” she shared. “He was down to earth, very real, and knows exactly what you need to work on. He really helps you coach you through that. My big thing was my self-confidence when I perform, and he spotted that. Same with John Legend. We really worked through that.”
The electro-pop artist, who got her singing genes from her Cebuano dad and Waray mom, will always be remembered as the girl with the purple hair.
“I got out of a relationship last year, and this person never wanted me to have like cool hair and short hair — so I just decided to chop it all off — and I always wanted to color my hair purple.”
Her singing career was put on hold, after getting burnt out in the industry a few years ago.
But Borromeo believes The Voice experience will jumpstart her singing career.
“Being on The Voice has been a fresh experience for me,” she said. “You are singing cover songs, and you know that this is going to happen… but you really make it into your own, and I think that’s what’s great about The Voice. They really let you become the artist that you want.”
Borromeo will continue to perform in the Big Apple, and her biggest wish is to perform for her supporters — especially her kababayans in the Philippines soon.
“Thank you so much for all your support and I promise I won’t let you down,” she tells them. “Keep listening to all the music. I would love love love more than anything to go to the Philippines and perform for you guys.”
Borromeo will be performing in Seattle, her parents hometown, next week — before making her trip to the Philippines in May.