Darren Espanto Will Stay In The Philippines For Good“The Voice Kids” first runner-up Darren Espanto, who continuously wowed audience with his singing prowess and ability to perform well on stage, will stay in the Philippines for good because there are many offers for him right after the finals night.
He will work full-time here in showbiz, and won’t be going back to Calgary, Alberta in Canada, where he used to live with his parents. Darren said his parents will go back temporarily in Canada for work. Most of his relatives are based here in the Philippines, so they will be the ones to look after him while his parents are away.
Although he was not named as the grand champion of the singing contest, Darren said he is still grateful because of the “overwhelming support” he has been receiving from his fans and supporters. In social media, the trending topics were “Darren Don’t Leave The Philippines” and “Manalo Matalo Darren Pa Rin Kami.”
Many of his fans said they still consider him the winner of the contest. Darren said he feels great, and as if he also won because of his supporters. He will forever be grateful for them, and will treasure what they did for him during his stint in “The Voice Kids.”
Aside from his fans and supporters, there are also a number of local celebrities and personalities who rooted for him to win the contest. Some of these are “The Voice’s” very own Coach Bamboo and host Luis Manzano. Singers Jed Madela and Martin Nievera, actress Kim Chiu, veteran showbiz journalist Ogie Diaz, musician Gerard Salonga (the brother of Coach Lea), TV host Bianca Gonzalez, and composer Vehnee Saturno also tweeted their admiration of Darren.
Coach Bamboo gave a special “shoutout” to Darren. He said: “Keep your head up kiddo. In my book… you came out on top. A [coach’s] opinion.” Coach Bamboo mentored another finalist, Juan Karlos Labajo of Cebu City.
Meanwhile, Darren said he cannot give details yet about his upcoming projects, although he and the other “The Voice Kids” will perform for a charity concert, “Boses Ng Bulilit… Kami Ulit!” He is excited for that because it won’t be a competition anymore, and it will be all “happy, happy.”
He will perform with the other “The Voice Kids” finalists and their coaches. Darren earlier said he is also open to try acting as well. He wants to work with his Coach Sarah Geronimo.