ABS-CBN executive Direk Lauren Dyogi admits to being frustrated on the set design and lighting of The Voice of the Philippines. The singing reality show premiered last June 15 and airs Saturday and Sunday primetime.
"There is much frustration on our set n lights. Pati naman kami. But it's unreasonable to be compared to US UK version," Direk Lauren tweeted.
"Wala sa katiting ang budget namin compared sa kanila plus syndication revenues for them. We concentrate on content na lang . Its our 1st naman," he added on another tweet saying that with a limited budget, the team would rather spend more on coaches and scouting the artists than the set, at least for now.
While some are comparing The Voice of the Philippines stage with the more popular US and UK version, others can't help but also compare the Philippine version with the franchises of our Southeast Asian neighbors such as Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
"Went to Bangkok, agree they have nicer set! But we decided to allot our limited resources for coaches and artists search," Direk Lauren pointed out.
"[I] am not familiar with Vietnam version, but do they fly in international stars as coaches? Thai all local stars," he added saying that the superstar coaches of The Voice of the Philippines more than compensate the lack of a grand set.
With so much talent on the show and the great chemistry among the coaches, most Filipinos would not mind what's there to appease the eyes but something that can uplift the soul. No wonder The Voice PH enjoyed loads of ads for its first two weekends.
"Sorry [it's] not possible [to have lesser commercials next time]. Bihira magiliw ang sponsors sa isang show," Direk Lauren told a complaining fan.
Direk Lauren has a message to all the critics ranting about the set and lighting of The Voice of the Philippines.
"Our set has approval from the franchise owners. Wala kaming laban sa pintas about our set! Noted and taken! But we have to live with that for now."