Record producer, recording artist, song writer, collaborator, philanthropist, designer, technology wizard it seems will.i.am’s list of talents are never ending. But in Saturday night’s episode of The Voice UK it appears that will.i.am can now list “fluent in foreign languages” to his C.V.
21 year old Joseph Apostol wowed the Coaches with his performance of ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ by the Shirelles. Now living in Kent, Joseph moved to the UK from the Philippines at 10 years old and has lived in Kent ever since.
After his performance he reveals his nationality is Filipino to which will.i.am can’t contain his excitement; “wooooooooo – like my best friend Apl?” [apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas].
Will.i.am then proceeds to say words in Filipino including Mabouti (which means good/fine) and Salamat (which means thank you). Keen to show off his Filipino prowess will.i.am then goes on to list famous Filipino foods such as Chicken Adobo.
Will whispers to tell the audience “I just hit him with Filipino secrets”.
Ok, so perhaps will.i.am isn’t fluent in Filipino – but he sure does love his Filipino food….sources backstage have revealed whenever will.i.am sees Joseph’s mum he puts in an order for some of his favourite Filipino dishes.
A show insider said: “Producers struggle to translate will.i.am at the best of times but it’s even harder when he is speaking in Filipino – after going through various different experts it was a friendly local restaurant waiter who eventually translated for them.”
Will.i.am described Joseph as ‘Super Fantabulous’ but will Joseph be returning for the Battle Rounds?
The Voice is on BBC One, Saturday 4th May at 8.05pm.