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Actress-host Toni Gonzaga will host the upcoming Philippine version of the hit reality singing competition “The Voice”.

Gonzaga said in a recorded video message that aired on “The Buzz” last Sunday that “The Voice” is a singing competition with a different concept. “We will showcase the best singers in the Philippines like you've never seen them before.”

Prior to the official announcement, rumors surfaced that Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus Robi Domingo will host the show but the production team behind "The Voice" has denied these rumors.

Auditions are already underway; Filipino hopefuls in the United States have already been screened last September.

Echoing the vision behind the unique twist of the original show -- the Blind Auditions, where coaches screen hopefuls with their backs against them -- director Lauren Dyogi said that they are looking for somebody who has an exceptional voice.

"Compared to the other formats that we have, ‘X-Factor’ and ‘Pilipinas Got Talent,’ ‘The Voice’ is clearly about someone who has an exceptional singing voice," he added.

The third season of “The Voice” aired on NBC in the US was said to be the No. 1 singing competition. The Voice, which was created by John De Mol, the business tycoon behind “Big Brother”, “Deal Or No Deal”, “1 vs 100” and “Fear Factor” originally aired in the Netherlands with the title “The Voice of Holland” before it was franchised internationally.

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