MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Joseph Apostol will be part of the newest roster of contestants in the latest season of reality singing competition “The Voice UK.”
The 21-year-old from Kent sang “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” in the blind auditions. He impressed pop star Jessie J and music legend Sir Tom Jones who turned their seats and asked him to join their respective teams.
“I think that you would be a huge asset to my team,” Jessie J said, explaining why she wanted him to join her team.
“I think that I want to make sure I’m representing people that really know how to tell a story when they’re singing, and that’s exactly what you did,” she added.
Sir Tom Jones, who had been waiting in anticipation for one last singer to complete his team, praised Apostol for his fire and passion.
“I thought you did a great job on that song…when I heard you, I heard the passion from you and the range that you have. There’s a lot of fire there and you didn’t copy anybody and you have an original sounding voice.”
Jones also recognized Filipino talent when he said, “I know there’s a lot of great Filipino singers ’cause I’ve been to the Philippines and I’ve heard them sing and you really do have a great voice and I’d love to have you on my team.”
The young Filipino chose Tom Jones to be his mentor, but he expressed his respect for both coaches.
Jones later on voiced out delight at finding his last team member.
“He put something in there that was not there before, and I loved that. I’ve been holding out and I finally found what I’ve been looking for,” he said.
Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, another coach on the show, was ecstatic upon learning Apostol’s nationality.
“Like my best friend, APL? Mabuti. Salamat,” he exclaimed.
With the same amused tone, he mentioned Filipino dishes chicken adobo and pancit, much to the confusion of the other coaches.
“Do you like chicken adobo? Pancit?…I just hit him with Filipino secrets,” Will.I.Am jested.
Apostol, who was born and raised in the Philippines, migrated to the UK with his mother who is working as a nurse.
“Being in a different country was a difficult time for me,” he shared in the episode.
“Looking back, singing helped me with my confidence. When I sing, I feel like myself. I feel like it’s me against the world,” he said.
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