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Toni Gonzaga Talks About Sympathy Votes In "The Voice PH"

Toni Gonzaga said that Filipinos really tend to empathize with people who are less fortunate, that's why most of the winners of reality shows are those with good "background stories."

Toni is the host of at least two reality series/contests--"The Voice of the Philippines" Season 2 and "Pinoy Big Brother."

During the latest season of "The Voice Kids PH," many were wondering why second-placer Darren Espanto didn't win the crown when he has been consistently trending every single performance night. Instead, the win went to Lyca Gairanod, a girl who makes a living from scavenging.

Toni said Darren is also her favorite, but she also didn't question Lyca's win because she has been so used with the voting system here in the Philippines.

There is an emotional outpouring of support to contestants who need the prize money greatly like Lyca and her family. The people tend to offer their sympathies and empathies toward these kinds of contestants.

Even in "PBB," there were times that they wanted someone different to win because he/she was the most deserving of all the housemates, but the public would end up voting for another housemate.

But the singer-TV host-actress said winning first or second will not determine how successful one will become in the future.

She gave an example: in the "Little Big Star," Sam Concepcion was named the winner while Charice Pempengco was only the third placer. In the end, Charice became an international singing sensation.

Toni also hosted the singing contest.

"Kasi wala naman yun sa position mo sa competition, nasa kung paano mo haharapin ang tunay na competition after the competition."

Contests such as "The Voice PH" is merely a stepping stone for people who want to enter showbiz. It will not be the end of their dreams, Toni said.

After the singing contest, the real competition in the industry begins--and it's a tough one, indeed, Toni added. After "The Voice," the winners (and even losers) would have to compete with the likes of Sarah Geronimo, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto and many others.

As an artist, it is up to you to prove your worth in the entertainment scene.

Meanwhile, Toni will be back as "The Voice of the Philippines" Season 2's host together with Luis Manzano, and Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo as V Reporters. It will premiere on October 26.

Luis said Toni will handle the blind auditions while he will tour around the country to invite potential contestants. It is necessary for Luis to be included in the show because there's a new twist like the power for coaches to "steal" another group's contestant.

Like in "The Voice US," a contestant who will lose the Battle Rounds can be stolen by another coach. If two or more coaches decided to steal the contestant, that contestant would then choose to which team he/she wants to transfer.

Toni said there are different kinds of contestants in today's season. There's a police, a chemist and even the child of a senator. Luis added that there's a bus vendor and a wakeboard instructor.

The contestants will come from all walks of life, Luis added.

On the other hand, Toni shared her experiences of working with her sister, Alex. She revealed that she sometimes find her annoying because she kept on talking even when she doesn't make sense and when they have to memorize their script already.

Robi and Luis already know the time to joke around and the time to get serious, but Alex felt that she can talk to Toni anytime because they're sisters.

Toni ended up shouting at Alex many times. As for Alex, she admitted that she gets intimidated by her older sister because Toni tends to be a perfectionist, so she always interferes into Alex's spiel or scenes.

However, she understands that because her sister just wants to bring out the best in her, Alex said.

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