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It’s nearly that time again

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THERE are five things to keep in mind in any audition. FACEBOOK PHOTO

“The Voice of the Philippines” and its baby sister show, “The Voice Kids,” are in the process of holding auditions for artists who want to join the competition. Kids will hold Blind Auditions (where they’ll be performing for the singers that will be their coaches—only three this time, not four) in March while the grown-ups will have theirs in June.

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Mitoy, Janice rock ‘The Voice’ compilation

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YONTING, JAVIER, DE GUZMAN AND PEREZ. Substance over flashy theatrics

The success of the local edition of “The Voice” is instructive in a lot of ways, so we’re happy that the popular talent search has released three compilation albums—featuring its Top 14, the Final Four, and big winner Mitoy Yonting—that celebrate talent over looks, and substance over flashy theatrics.

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China cracks down on ‘American Idol’-style shows

A contestant with a guitar stands near others queuing in line to take part in an audition for the ‘X Factor’ television talent show in Beijing, China. AP

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences.

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China cracks down on American Idol-style shows

This undated publicity photo provided by NBC shows Christina Aguilera during the "Blind Auditions" for "The Voice”. AP

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences.

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Lesson from comedian’s cautionary tale

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DE LEON. Breath of fresh air. Photo: www.phstars.com

REY BENITEZ, office employee: “A word of caution to local celebrities: Next time you do something that’s supposed to be done only in the confines of your bedroom, make sure that no camera is in sight—or sees you!

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You never forget the first

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Mitoy and Coach Lea, Coach Sarah and Klarisse de Guzman

On Sept. 29, Michael Yonting of Team Lea, more popularly known as Mitoy, became the very first “Voice of the Philippines.” In an epic showdown with the last men standing from Team Sarah, Team Apl and Team Bamboo (Klarisse de Guzman, Janice Javier and Myk Perez, respectively) on Saturday and Sunday nights, Mitoy emerged the people’s champion. To say that his coach, family, fans and friends were ecstatic would be an understatement.

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‘American Idol’ picks Lopez, Connick as judges

This Oct. 2, 2012 file photo shows Jennifer Lopez watching Chanel's ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection, presented in Paris. A person familiar with negotiations to bring Lopez back as an “American Idol” judge said her return will be announced this week. AP

“American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

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Afghan female stars defy clerics’ pressure

TO GO WITH Afghanistan-unrest-women-culture,FEATURE by Edouard GUIHAIREIn this photograph taken on July 12, 2013, Afghan female singer Aryana Sayeed conducts an interview with AFP at Qargha lake on the outskirts of Kabul. The glamorous 28-year-old singer is a judge on worldwide hit series "The Voice" that launched in Kabul in May, immediately attracting huge audiences and an array of angry critics. As a symbol of female independence in a strictly conservative Islamic country, Aryana receives regular death threats and lives in fear of being kidnapped by religious extremists.     AFP PHOTO / Massoud HOSSAINI

Judges on TV talent shows always attract controversy for making or breaking the careers of desperate wannabes— but for Aryana Sayeed, the job is also a fight for Afghanistan’s future.

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Fighting with heart: ‘Laban, Pilipinas’

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LEA-AGAGILAS

The crowd’s screams and the flags, big and small, that they held up at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night expressed what the entire country had been chanting since the tournament started on Aug. 1. Laban Pilipinas! Puso! A bigger heart than that of the Gilas Pilipinas team could not be found.

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‘The Voice’ mentors aren’t looking to find a star

This image released by NBC shows, from left,  Carson Daly, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green at a cocktail reception for "The Voice" in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP

The mentors on “The Voice” may be superstars but the consensus is it’s not on them that the singing competition show has failed to find big stars such as themselves.

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Thanks, Coach!

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I guess I’ll have to get used to it. I met with a few members of “The Voice’s” Team Lea at ABS-CBN last Sunday, and a friend who walked with me out of the building said, “Talagang ‘Coach’ ang tawag nila sa iyo?”

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‘Old’ shows field extreme gambits

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“AMERICAN IDOL.” Are more radical innovations called for?

Some popular TV shows have been telecasting for so many seasons that they’ve become predictable, resulting in their decline in viewership. For instance, “American Idol” has been on the small screen for more than a decade, hence its efforts to renew public interest by hiring new jurors, adding novel features and portions, etc.

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