MANILA, Philippines – In his blind auditions, he crooned to the judges and to the viewers, "Stay with me" – and that is exactly what they did, to the very end. Jason Dy, 24, of Butuan City, was named the winner of season 2 of The Voice of the Philippines Sunday, March 1.
It's an emotional victory for the smooth crooner, who has been through his share of challenges in life. Jason's mom and dad are no longer together, and Jason has spoken about his complicated feelings about his dad. Throughout the competition, Jason has also repeatedly said that he is honoring his mom, who works abroad in Singapore.
For Jason, whose occupation is listed as a demo artist and serenade singer on his The Voice profile, this is the chance to start a long and promising career in the industry he loves so much. Let's take a look:
Blind audition: "Stay With Me"
Jason had coaches Sarah Geronimo and Lea Salonga singing praises for him after his stellar blind audition, showing off his signature falsetto and range in the Sam Smith hit “Stay With Me.” Sarah, Lea, and Apl de Ap turned for him, and he ultimately chose to join team Sarah. (READ: 10 amazing 'Voice PH' blind auditions)
After the competition, Sarah told him that one thing that was great was that he didn't need to belt in order to put together beautiful performances. It was a running comment that would come to the foreground throughout the competition, repeated by Sarah again at the finale, where Jason would ultimately win.
Battle round: "On Bended Knee" vs Daniel Ombao
Jason blasted past this round versus another young, promising singer Daniel Ombao, who earlier impressed coach Sarah with his rendition of "Tadhana."
Knockouts: "Jar of Hearts" vs Mark Douglas Dagal and Carol Leus
Jason brought intensity and control to this rendition of Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts," which featured a smooth middle and a quiet, emotional ending note – with a brooding expression to boot. Jason and Douglas moved on to the next round, while Carol was eliminated.
Let's take a look at Jason's live show performances. The live shows were the rounds which incorporated audience voting.
In the live shows, a coach's top 6 performed in groups of 3, with one being eliminated and two moving forward. Jason performed in the same group as early favorite Kokoi Baldo and Douglas Dagal, singing "Thinking Out Loud."
Jason was saved by Sarah, Kokoi won the public vote, and Douglas was eliminated in this round.
In the next round, the coach's top 4 competed, with two saved by the votes, another by a coach, and the final one eliminated. Jason performed an upbeat "OMG."
This performance showed off Jason's stage presence and his considerable moves, earning him praise from Apl and Sarah.
“I couldn’t breathe. Oh my gosh! Hindi, grabe Jason, talagang ginulat mo kaming lahat…grabe, mayroon ka palang tinatagong ganyan! Congratulations, alam mo, ikaw, meron kang charm, meron kang boses, pero your positive atttitude, ‘yan ang pinakaimportante sa lahat. That will get you very, very far," said coach Sarah.
(You shocked us all. You were hiding that! You know, you have charm, a great voice, but your positive attitude, that's most important of all. That will get you very, very far.)
Apl asked him what his surname was (it's Dy), then said, “Ngayon dadagdagan ko ‘yan. Jason di papatalo, di papahuli, di papauwi!”
("I'll add to that. You won't back down, won't be last, won't be made to go home!)
But the following week, Jason took it to a whole new stage of the competition from which there would be no turning back – a showstopping turn singing "Kahit Kailan" which put him on the map and had viewers turning to their phones and computers to vote. (READ: 'The Voice PH' top 4: Their best performances of the season)
It was the performance that earned him the majority of the public vote that week, forcing Sarah G to make the painful decision to cut Kokoi Baldo, a fan favorite, and keep Monique Lualhati – a move that had even the seasoned pop star coach in tears in one of the series' most tense moments.
Now with only two people per team, Jason faced one of his toughest challenges yet – powerful contender Monique Lualhati, whose powerhouse voice and sunny personality earned her many fans throughout the show.
And though Monique turned up the heat with a rousing "Fighter," Jason turned it down – allowing his natural voice to come to the forefront in a performance that had Lea and Sarah lavishing him with praise.
"Sandali lang, guma-gwapo ka e!…It’s not how high they sing, it’s not birit…kung napapabilis ang tibok ng puso ko, the moment you opened your mouth, it’s like my soul escaped my body and went to the stage para lang lapitan ka. Masisira ‘yung silya ko sa tindi ng kilig at gigil ko sa ‘yo ngayong gabi," said Lea.
(Wait, you're getting cuter! It's not how high they sing, it's not the belting...if my heart beats faster – the moment you opened your mouth, it’s like my soul escaped my body and went to the stage to get closer to you. I'm go to break my chair from all the feelings from you tonight.)
The risk paid off, and Jason moved forward to the final 4.
It was time to test the finalists' chops versus major presence from great artists onstage. In the final 4 competition, Jason sang "Wrecking Ball" with powerhouse Charice Pempengco, to loud whoops and cheers from the crowd.
Bamboo said, "Nagustuhan ko yung intensity, what you brought today...you brought your game face, you are ready."
In another performance that evening, Jason also performed his version of "With You":
"I will never forget the very first time I heard you sing," Sarah said, saying that she held on to his singing and his skills, but that Jason helped himself grow into an even better artist, and that she was proud to work with him.
The big win
Finally, on finals night on March 1, Jason escaped the elimination round in the episode (Leah Patricio and Rence Rapanot went home), and went face to face against Alisah Bonaobra.
Jason sang "Angels Brought Me Here," "If I Ain't Got You" with Coah Sarah, and finally, "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin."
Later in the show, he earned the majority of the votes at 52%, and was named the big winner.
"Maraming maraming salamat, thank you so much Lord, you are amazing," he said through tears after the big announcement.
"Laging ineemphasize ni Coach na kumanta mula sa puso," he said after the show, when asked about what he learned from Coach Sarah. (She always emphasized singing from the heart.)
With this new victory under his belt, things are looking up for Jason Dy, the smooth crooner who poured his every emotion into all his performances and won over the hearts – and votes – of the viewers, all now eagerly waiting to see what's next for the rising star. – Rappler.com
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