Laroco’s ambitions have history. Her major claim to fame in her native land is being a contestant in the Philippines’ version of The Voice Kids in 2014, where she performed as a 13 year-old under the name Giedie Laroco (her full name is Maria Giedie Ocang Laroco).
She impressed the show with her version of Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love (below), but was eventually eliminated in a sing-off battle in the eleventh episode of the series.
Beyond The Voice Kids, Laroco was featured on the YouTube channel of an independent record label in the Philippines called Universal Records, performing a cover of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast…
… and Hindi Ko Kaya, the theme song for a 2015 South Korean drama called All About My Mum.
All of which suggests that Laroco could be a formidable force in the competition – after all, at only 17 years-old, she has experience.