Darren Espanto (MNS Photo)

Darren Espanto (MNS Photo)

Now that “The Voice Kids” has already crowned a new winner, young singer Darren Espanto hopes to move on from his loss to Lyca Gairanod, who won the first season of the ABS-CBN reality talent search.

For more than a year since the competition, Gairanod and Espanto have been pitted against each other. The situation has even affected their coach Sarah Geronimo, who insisted that her two wards should not be compared to each other.

Espanto refuses to think that he has become the bigger star than Gairanod.

“Right now po, I’m really focused on what I’m doing with my career po. I’m not really focused on those types of topics po. Pero I know that we are being equally treated by our management,” he said.

Looking back on his own journey on “The Voice Kids,” Espanto stressed that he is genuinely happy that his teammate won.

“You have to expect for the worst po pero of course all of us wanted to win the title of ‘The Voice Kids‘ which is basically why we wanted to join,” he said.

“I cried po nung grand finals po [pero I recovered immediately] doon sa backstage and I was happy and proud of my little sister, Lyca,” he added.

Although he did not bag the title, Espanto said seeing the support from the fans already made him feel like a winner.

“Hindi ko rin po alam [kung bakit ako mahal ng fans ko] kasi when I joined ‘The Voice Kids,’ hindi ko rin po in-expect na ganito karami ang susuporta po sa akin. When I saw the crowd in Resorts World, ‘yung mga Darrenatics po, napa-wow na lang po talaga ako,” he said. (MNS)