Teens Take Stage With Version Of "Hallelujah" So Haunting No One Took A Breath
Marilyn Caylor 1/25/2019
If ever a song could be said to be an exquisitely divine power ballad, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is definitely it. It's a favorite among amateur singers and professionals alike, with Billboard mentioning performances by Jeff Buckley, Willie Nelson, and Justin Timberlake among their top 12 most memorable "Hallelujah" covers list.
So of course it's no surprise that this classic would eventually make its way into the battle round of The Voice Teens Philippines. When contestants Andrea and Emarjhun found themselves pitted against each other in a sweet duet of the beautifully haunting tune, they both knew that in the end only one of their hallelujah's would receive heavenly praise from the judges. Which is probably why they did their absolute best to sound exactly like angelic beings from above!
By the time contestants make it to the battle round of this show, which has seen many incarnations around the world, they've already proved themselves to be great singers. They made it past the blind auditions, were added to one of the judge's teams, and have been personally coached by a pro.
While Andrea and Emarjhun may have been coached to be the best vocalist, nothing could really prepare them for the battle ring, where they were forced to go head to head with one of their talented team members. But, "Hallelujah" has a way of soothing even the most emotionally wrecked souls.
The judges were hypnotized with Emarjhun as soon as he started singing in his soft and low baritone. The delicate vibrations of his voice were not only heard around the room, but they could be felt. It was obvious from the getgo that Andrea would have a lot to live up to!
But, when it was her turn to wow the judges, her sweet lilt was more than music to their ears. She belted it out the sort of passion that a song with that kind of title deserves, and when she hit the high notes the audience clapped and cheered her on!
Even Emarjhun himself was taken aback by Andrea's powerful vocals. The teen could be seen looking at the young woman with complete and total admiration when she took her heaven-sent hallelujah's to a whole new level.
Midway between Andrea's performance, judge Bamboo let a "Woo" slip out because he was so impressed with her, but that didn't mean this battle with Emarjhun was over and done. There was still plenty of beautiful lyrics left that needed to be sung, and sometimes all it takes is a little bit of friendly competition to bring out the best voices from within.
Hallelujah teens rain heavenly voices down on judges in this utterly divine duel-duet.