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Mitoy Yonting is first-ever ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ champ

Mitoy Yonting

Mitoy Yonting

Band singer from Pangasinan Mitoy Yonting of Team Lea emerged as the first ever “Voice of the Philippines,” edging first runner-up Klarisse de Guzman of Team Sarah by 15% of the total final votes.

Believing that “boses ko ang mangingibabaw” even prior to the final showdown, Mitoy (57.65%) bested Team Sarah’s Klarisse de Guzman (42.35%), Team Apl’s Janice Javier (30.56%) and Team Bamboo’s Myk Perez (12.81%). The 44-year-old rendered the Beatles’ “Help” during the final showdown.

Bulletin Entertainment lists three other “The Voice” winners among many from other countries:

Ben Saunders (2011)

Ben Saunders a.k.a. “Tattoo Ben” is the first titleholder of “The Voice of Holland.” He immediately became popular with both the judges and voting public right after singing Kings of Leons’ “Use somebody” in the audition. He rendered his number one single “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” in the finale and garnered 59% of the total votes.

Javier Colon (2011)

Contrary to the song number “Landslide,” Javier Colon of Team Adam Levine went all the way up, to cop the highest victory as the first “Voice of US.” He narrowly edged out by two percent of the total votes the first runner-up, Dia Frampton. This four-chair-turner rendered an original song “Stitch By Stitch” during the grand finals.

Leanne Mitchell (2012)

She may not be the crowd favorite but British pop singer-songwriter Leane Michelle from Team Tom Jones surprised everyone by emerging as the first ever winner of “The Voice UK.” She outshone Bo Bruce, Tyler James and Vince Kidd. Michelle sang James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and Whitney Houston’s “Run to You” in the final battle.

  • filip manila

    earned money. I personally feel our votes were not counted. There are so
    many inconsistencies on the voting policy and i cannot help but question the
    authenticity of the counting of the votes. I wish there is a way for ABS CBN to
    show us how they come up with those percentages. I think as voters, we have the
    right to ask where did all those purchased ePins went.

    How come the top 2 finalist showed up online about 10 minutes before it was
    officially announced on TV? Why despite more votes coming in on Sunday, the
    percentage vote for Janice remained 13% knowing that more votes were entered
    that day?

    Why is Ms. Lea Salonga campaigning to vote on Twitter prior Saturday, when well
    in fact, the voting was not open at that time? Some of us tried texting that
    day to see if voting works and it did. We do not know if the votes are counted,
    but they sure took the money for it. There was no error or reply that will tell
    you that the vote was not counted or that the line is not open yet for voting.

    So many unanswered questions, I wish there is a way to get an honest answer.

    On the ad for Philippine Booth Portal, it was clearly stated that you can
    refund your unused pins or replace it. My friends have gone there several times
    to get a refund for the unused pins but the people from the booth will not
    accept it. No refund, they say. I feel my friend’s frustration.

    Online voting was fully advertised by ABS-CBN as legitimate way to vote but to
    our disappointment, everyone who voted online had the same bad experience. We
    had 10 minutes downtime and the site was so slow. We were all in contact with
    each other across the globe so we know what was happening in real time.
    Filipinos voting from California, Texas, Greenland, Thailand, Germany, Canada
    and Australia had the same problem. If ABS-CBN is trying to advertise this show
    as world-class, they have to fix the voting system. The viewers are bringing a
    lot of money to them. The moral & social responsible thing to do is to give
    the voters the right to know where their votes are counted for.

    I hate to see Filipinos being taken advantage of and being perceived as
    dishonest. We do not want to give the world the wrong impression. We already
    have enough nepotism & corruption going on in our government. We don’t need
    to bring that to a singing contest that is supposed to be entertainingI initially
    posted this on ABS-CBN and The Voice page but someone kept deleting it. I will
    post everywhere in the hopes someone will listen and hear our concerns. Finally
    get some answers……

    Congratulation to all the Voice winners! Wishing you good luck on your great careers! The show
    maybe over but there are still a lot on whys’ that needs to be answered.

    While i agree to be
    happy for all the contestant, there is still much to say about how ABS-CBN
    voting system works. People who voted online and who were outside the
    Philippines bought those Epin tickets with their hard earned money. I
    personally feel our votes were not counted. There are so many inconsistencies
    on the voting policy and i cannot help but question the authenticity of the
    counting of the votes. I wish there is a way for ABS CBN to show us how they
    come up with those percentages. I think as voters, we have the right to ask
    where did all those purchased ePins went.

    How come the top 2
    finalist showed up online about 10 minutes before it was officially announced
    on TV? Why despite more votes coming in on Sunday, the percentage vote for
    Janice remained 13% knowing that more votes were entered that day?

    Why is Ms. Lea
    Salonga campaigning to vote on Twitter prior Saturday, when well in fact, the
    voting was not open at that time? Some of us tried texting that day to see if
    voting works and it did. We do not know if the votes are counted, but they sure
    took the money for it. There was no error or reply that will tell you that the vote
    was not counted or that the line is not open yet for voting.

    So many unanswered
    questions, I wish there is a way to get an honest answer.

    On the ad for
    Philippine Booth Portal, it was clearly stated that you can refund your unused
    pins or replace it. My friends have gone there several times to get a refund
    for the unused pins but the people from the booth will not accept it. No
    refund, they say. I feel my friend’s frustration.

    Online voting was fully advertised by ABS-CBN
    as legitimate way to vote but to our disappointment, everyone who voted online
    had the same bad experience. We had 10 minutes downtime and the site was so
    slow. We were all in contact with each other across the globe so we know what
    was happening in real time. Filipinos voting from California, Texas, Greenland,
    Thailand, Germany, Canada and Australia had the same problem. If ABS-CBN is
    trying to advertise this show as world-class, they have to fix the voting
    system. The viewers are bringing a lot of money to them. The moral & social
    responsible thing to do is to give the voters the right to know where their
    votes are counted for.

    I hate to see
    Filipinos being taken advantage of and being perceived as dishonest. We do not
    want to give the world the wrong impression. We already have enough nepotism
    & corruption going on in our government. We don’t need to bring that to a
    singing contest that is supposed to be entertaining.

  • pacmandu

    Once again, star power triumph over TALENT. Onli in da phil. Congrats Mitoy. Klarisse, you will soar high. You’re talent is unbelievable.