Mitoy Yonting, the first-ever "The Voice of the Philippines." Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN
MANILA, Philippines â€“ Mitoy Yontingâ€™s shot to fame as a singer is courtesy of ABS-CBNâ€™s â€œThe Voice of the Philippines.â€ But it looks like the recently-concluded reality singing show isnâ€™t Mitoyâ€™s first brush as a television star.
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In a tweet on Sunday, September 29, â€œEat Bulagaâ€ co-host Joey de Leon revealed â€œThe Voice of the Philippinesâ€ winner already appeared on the noontime variety show before.
Winner talaga Eat Bulaga, yung nanalo sa The Voice, si Mitoy, dating Bulagaan regular at sa sitcom ni Vic. Congrats Toy-mits !â€” Joey de Leon (@AngPoetNyo) September 29, 2013
The comedian added Mitoy appeared with fellow â€œEat Bulagaâ€ co-host Vic Sotto on other television comedy shows, including â€œFul Hausâ€ on GMA-7 and â€œH3O: Ha Ha Ha Over!â€ on QTV channel 11 (now GMA News TV).
Shows of Mitoy w/ the Dabarkads---Fulhouse, H3o on QTV, Ikaw At Echo winner and Bulagaan. May bagong ida-drive ang Draybers ! Yes !â€” Joey de Leon (@AngPoetNyo) September 29, 2013
Thereâ€™s also a Youtube video of Mitoy and his brother Mylo Yonting as contestants of an â€œEat Bulagaâ€ singing contest during the late 90s.
The video shows siblingsâ€”both members of the band The Draybersâ€”compete with other duo-contestants as they sing â€œBakit?â€ by 90s band Rockstar for the â€œRockstar: â€˜Bakit?â€™ Sing-alike Contest.â€
Unlike other singing reality shows, â€œThe Voice of the Philippinesâ€ is not strictly for amateur singers. During the showâ€™s semi-finals, Mitoy had to compete with singer Radha, a member of the band Kulay. The two members of Sarah Geronimoâ€™s teamâ€”finalist Klarisse de Guzman and semi-finalist Morisette Amonâ€”are also both alumni of reality talent shows (IBC-13â€™s â€œStar for a Nightâ€ for Klarisse, TV5â€™s â€œStar Factorâ€ for Morisette).
There is also a â€˜Draybers2Ellenâ€ channel on Youtube, with videos that aim to take Mitoyâ€™s band to the â€œEllen DeGeneres Show.â€ Here, Mitoy performs Journeyâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believinâ€ with The Draybers.
In an interview with â€œThe Voice of the Philippinesâ€ winner during the press conference of Resorts World Manilaâ€™s free concert series as part of their months-long Thrillathon celebration prior his victory, Mitoy admitted heâ€™s a frequent contestant of talent shows. He added heâ€™ll remain with The Draybers even after his stint with â€œThe Voice.â€
â€œMasaya yung feeling na kahit hindi pa tapos ang â€˜The Voiceâ€™, maraming naniniwala sa munting kakayahan ko sa larangan ng pag-aawit,â€ he said in an interview with Philstar.com and other members of the press on July 30.