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Apl.de.ap Says He’ll Showcase Filipino Talent To The World Via The Voice Philippines

International star Apl.de.Ap has revealed in an interview that he plans to showcase Filipino talent to the world through his stint as a judge in the upcoming The Voice of the Philippines show.

A founding member of the world-renowned group Black Eyed Peas, Apl.de.Ap whose real name is Allan Pineda Lindo, was recently revealed as the fourth and final judge for ABS-CBN’s production of hit reality singing competition The Voice.

READ: Apl.de.ap Completes ‘the Voice Philippines’ Coaches Lineup

In a recent interview with The Filipino Channel (TFC) in London, the singer-rapper-producer says “I want to be able to find other Filipino artists and showcase their talent around the world.”

He says that “We’re barely scratching the surface” adding that Filipinos are “born to sing”. The international celebrity adds that Filipino talents just have to be found from the nooks and crannies of the Philippines including the provinces.

Pineda will be The Voice of Hiphop and R&B coach for The Voice Philippines. His co-coaches include Lea Salonga (The Voice of Disney and Broadway), Bamboo Mañalac (The Voice of Rock) and Sarah Geronimo (The Voice of Pop).

Meanwhile, Pineda also revealed to TFC part of his strategy for The Voice Philippines.

He says he favors the “reveal” part of the blind auditions, the first stage of the contest, as this is where coaches “really get to hear the voice first and the performance before you get to see the person.”

During the Blind Audition stage, contestants sing to the judges who face away from them. Judges push a button to swing their chairs towards the contestants and the first coach to push the button get that contestant for his or her team.

The superstar says that this is what differentiates The Voice from other singing competitions. The “The Voice” franchise has a reputation of prioritizing vocal talent over looks and appeal.

Furthermore, Pineda says that he is already in the process of putting together a set of criteria to decide whether to push that button or not.

He says that apart from concentrating on the voice of the contestant, he will be looking at “stage presence and capturing the audience, engaging with the audience.”

For the other stages of the competition, Pineda wants to be a “fun” but honest coach who gives candid criticism to help members of his team.

“I'm going to be truthful, I'm going to give constructive criticisms,” Pineda tells TFC.

He adds that he will not sugarcoat his feedback and that he will definitely be “involved” in his coaching style.

The Voice Philippines, officially named The Voice of the Philippines, is set to air in the country during the second quarter of the year..

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