How long has it been since the country cheered a banana cue vendor as she auditioned for a singing competition? It was just two years ago, yet Elha Nympha of Parañaque and winner of The Voice Kids Philippines is already making her international debut with no less than Steve Harvey rolling the red carpet for the singer.
This Sunday, you can watch Elha when she appears on Little Big Shots, a feel-good, family-friendly U.S. TV series, hosted by Harvey (he is also the show's executive producer along with Ellen DeGeneres) which will air on cable channel Diva (scroll below for schedule). The NBC Universal show is not a singing competition, but rather features talented and uniquely-abled kids from all over the world to perform for the American and the international audience.
We got to see of Elha's appearance during a media preview today, and it is not to be missed. Elha went toe-to-toe with Harvey in a hilarious interview, but it was her enchanting and powerful version of Sia's hit song "Chandelier" that blew Harvey away. "This little girl can sing," he said on the show (we know!).
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It was MCA Music, the record company that released her self-entitled album, who told Elha that she was going to be part of the show. She and her mom couldn't believe the opportunity. "I was surprised and at the same time honored to be invited to perform in such a big show. I was nervous at first, but I really didn't want to let my fellow Filipino down so I really gave my all during the performance," the 12-year-old said.
Her mom, Lucy, who was at the press screening told SmartParenting.com.ph that she, too, couldn't believe her daughter's fortune. She added that it has always been the dream of Elha's late father's see his daughter perform on television.
Well, Elha's dad will be proud. Currently competing in ABS-CBN's Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, Elha advised other kids to pursue their dream. "Be you, go for what you want to do, and practice," Elha said. “Kailangan hindi po kayo matakot [na ipakita yung talent ninyo] kasi blessing po ni God yun so sayang naman po kung hindi mo po gagamitin," she added.
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With her mom's encouragement and full support, Elha is excited for what lies ahead. Mom Lucy shares, “Gusto niya po talaga na marami siyang mapuntahan na lugar, na marami siyang taong mapasaya sa pagkanta nya, hindi lang po dito sa atin.”
Her performance in Little Big Shots is proof that she has what it takes to go higher.
Catch Elha Nympha as she takes on Steve Harvey on the season two premiere of Little Big Shots, premiering March 6, Monday at 7pm (Encore at 10:25pm), only on DIVA. DIVA is available on SkyCable Channel 37, Destiny Channel 40, Cignal TV Channel 125, Cable Link Channel 32, and other cable operators nationwide.