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Darren Espanto on how Sarah Geronimo helped him become a better singer

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“The Voice Teens” PH season two is in full swing and alumnus Darren Espanto has pointers for those already in the race and the rest about to try their luck on the show.

DARREN ESPANTO

DARREN ESPANTO

“’Wag kayong matakot and don’t hold back kasi this is really your time to shine,” said the first runner-up winner in the kids edition back in 2014.

The 18-year-old added each time they step on stage, they must be there to give their all without thinking of eclipsing the other contestants.

“Porke’t competition siya, it doesn’t mean your mindset should be, ‘Ah kailangan kong magalingan itong taong ’to.’ It’s healthier if you think na ’yung ka kumpitensiya mo ay sarili mo.”

Have fun wherever the journey is at, he added.

“’Wag kayong ma pressure masyado o kabahan kasi kahit ’yung mga coaches na hindi ko naman coach ­— all of them — they helped each one of us to improve our songs noon. Parang pamilya lang po kaming lahat du’n,” he shared.

“The Voice Teens’” coaches are Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, Sarah Geronimo, and apl.de.ap.

Darren’s coach then was Sarah. Even now, he only has good words for her, crediting the 31-year-old Pop Princess for helping him a lot way past the competition.

SARAH GERONIMO

SARAH GERONIMO

The singer said Sarah is the type of coach who motivates you to become the best version of yourself, and even pushes you to your limit while still being an intelligent singer.

“’The Voice’ really helped me a lot. I guess, where we are (other ‘The Voice’ contestants) now ­— she (Sarah) will always be one of the people who helped us get here. She’s one of the people that helped us get to where we are now.”

Just recently, Darren released new song “Sasagipin Kita,” which he wrote.

Darren was also asked about speculations he would represent the Philippines on “The Singer” 2020. Recall that some years ago, KZ Tandingan raised our flag in that competition.

“Ngayon po kasi it’s something we wouldn’t like to talk about yet. There are unfortunate events na nangyari katulad ng coronavirus and travel ban so I don’t know,” it was his vague answer.

Darren was also asked to weigh in on Marcelito Pomoy’s third runner-up win on “America’s Got Talent (AGT): The Champions.”

“Honestly, I’m very proud kay Kuya Marcelito kasi ang layo po ng narating niya sa competition (grand finalist) and he really made everyone proud with everything he did,” the young singer said. “And I know na talagang he was thinking of us — he was thinking of the country, the Philippines — everytime he performed.

“He really gave his all so kahit hindi po siya ’yung pumili ng song for the grand finals, he still did his best. I think he did a great job.”

Recall that Marcelito did a vlog wherein he said Simon Cowell and the “AGT” production picked his finale song, “Beauty And The Beast.”

In general terms, Darren said it’s always best if a singer performs a number he likes. Song choice, he added, is a crucial part for any singing competition.

MARCELITO POMOY

MARCELITO POMOY

But then Darren pointed out “winning isn’t everything” in that even non-winners could benefit from the journey itself. He cited himself as example, being Lyca Gairanod’s runner back on “The Voice Teens” when they joined.

“It doesn’t mean your journey has ended (when the contest is over). The exposure itself opens so many doors.”

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