MANILA, Philippines - Bamboo MaÃ±alac addressed social media comments saying he was played favorites and was unfair during the first battle round of ABS-CBNâ€™s â€œThe Voice Philippines.â€
In the showâ€™s battle rounds, the four judges pit two or three of their team members against each other. Each judgeâ€™s team will have six members each at the end of the battle rounds.
During the Sunday, July 29 episode of the reality singing competition, Bamboo chose contestant Lee Grane over Dan Billano, who both sang U2â€™s â€œOne.â€
Although there were those who favored Lee, a number of netizens were shocked with the decision as they believe Dan as the better performer.
Bamboo must have factored in Lee's popularity and the "moment" she created for herself during her audition. #VoicePHBattlesâ€” Julian Mauricio (@JulianMauricio) July 28, 2013
Just curious if Bamboo has detached his emotion from Lee Grane's audition when he made that choice. Dan clearly won that round.â€” Will Cabrera (@will_cabrera) July 28, 2013
Gah. Still cant over that Lee Grane pick. Why Ely will always be > Bamboo in my book.â€” Angel Louie Velasco (@AinjVelasco) July 28, 2013
On his official Facebook page, Bamboo said that while he doesnâ€™t play favorites, his team members deserve better than to be judged based on one performance.
â€œ1st thing no favoritismâ€¦I donâ€™t play thatâ€¦I go for who I think I can help..who I can developâ€¦who I think has something to sayâ€¦ I try my best to know them as best I canâ€¦as singers, songwriters, performers and people. I know the weight of my responsibilityâ€¦ I take what I do very seriouslyâ€¦so to make decisions on one performanceâ€¦.on a 'battle'â€¦I think my guys deserve better than that,â€ he posted.
Bamboo added that he â€œhated to makeâ€ the decision of choosing between Dan and Lee, but he feels the female singer has â€œa story to tellâ€ and an â€œartistâ€™s soul.â€
He further explained, â€œLee lost that â€œbattleâ€ but she deserves to move onâ€¦ be heardâ€¦ I could have easily changed the key for Lee to make it easier on her but I didnâ€™tâ€¦ I wanted to hear Leeâ€¦ this battle wasnâ€™t about Lee vs Danâ€¦ it was Lee vs Leeâ€¦ Dan Vs Danâ€¦ I will continue to sit on my chairâ€¦ and continue to make these hard decisions.â€