Monday, April 23, 2012

Two Pinoys Make it on The Voice of Australia

Two Filipinos made it though the blind auditions of the first season of the TV talent show, "The Voice" in Australia.

Philippine-born Jerson Trinidad was picked by judge Delta Goodrem, a local singer-songwriter, to be on her team after his rendition of John Legend's "Ordinary People" on Monday night.
The 39-year-old Filipino who now lives in Melbourne started singing professionally when he was only 14 years old. According to his online bio posted on the show’s website, his family migrated to Australia in 1989. When he was 19, he appeared on Star Search and made it through to the finals. The following year, he joined New Faces and brought home the title. For the past 10 years, he has been singing at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. But he knows he is more than a hotel singer so he decided to join "The Voice." 

Trinidad joins another Filipino-Australian who made it through the blind audition last April 16 and blew the judges. Yshrael Pascual was picked by another judge, Seal to be part of his team after his performance of “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones. 

The 33-year-old Pascual, who was born in Marikina Philippines, started singing when he was 19. He has been in a boy band and he has worked with a soul musical producer in LA. He won the 2004 Music OzAward and was offered a publishing deal with Mushroom Publishing. He is determined to be the first winner of The Voice Australia. 

The talent show which premiered on the Nine Network last April 15, 2012 is hosted by Darren McMullen. Aside from Goodrem and Seal, the other judges/coaches are Joel Madden and country singer Keith Urban. The Voice of Australia winner will receive the grand prize of a recording contract with Universal Music Australia and $100,000.

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