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Updated on September 27, 2008

DO you think CHarice has got an amazing voice at a very young age?

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A Dream come true BECAUSE of Oprah


This young singer, CHarice Pempengco is a 16 yr. old Filipina who has been performing with her very powerfull voice at the age of 4. Living alone with mom and her brother motivates her way to perform well and earn a living out of it. At a young age of 4, she joined contests which she won. As she grow older, her talent was molded with exellence which people began to notice. One blogger posted her video in youtube which was luckily discovered by Ellen Degeneres, Ellen invited CHarice as a guest on her show, sang, and wowed the audience with a standing ovation. Oprah also discovered this young star in youtube and invited her to guest in her show. Oprah then believed in such young girls' talent, now, Oprah has been supporting her wings toward success.


Little Big Star

Charice Pempengco joined Little Big Star in 2005, when she was only 12 years old. She was eliminated right away but was later picked in a wild card round to re-enter the competition. She worked her way up to become a finalist. Although she was the consistent top scorer in the final rounds, she only finished in third place.

YouTube Sensation

Charice first attracted attention in the cyberworld when FalseVoice channel of YouTube posted her Little Big Star performance of Whitney Houston's hit, "I Will Always Love You." Many viewers thought her singing was fake, and that she was only lip synching because of her unbelievable vocals. Another popular video was a face-off between Charice Pempengco and America's Got Talent winner, Bianca Ryan. These videos brought Pempengco to the attention of Ten Songs Productions, a production company based in Sweden. She then traveled to Stockholm in June 2007 and recorded seven songs.

A few months later, FalseVoice released a video of Charice Pempengco singing the Dreamgirls anthem, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." This earned her an invitation from one of the biggest television networks in South Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System, in October 2007 to perform on a talent show called Star King. The Korean audience was wowed by her jaw-dropping rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."

Many viewers re-posted her Star King performance on YouTube, and Charice Pempengco found her way into American television. TV network E!'s The Daily Ten featured her Star King performance with the headline, "A Star Is Born" on November 14, 2007 and then crowned her as the "Queen of the Week" on the Hollywood Royalty segment, this time with the headline, "A Queen Is Born" on November 16. Charice's StarKing performance was also shown in LCI est @ Vous, a TV news program in France on January 24, 2008.

Charice Pempengco's performance on Star King was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on its November 28, 2007 episode, in which Ellen showed web videos of different people she would like to have as guests on the show. After showing the video, DeGeneres did a standing ovation and imitated Pempengco's gestures. She later personally invited the young singer to perform on the show.

On December 19, 2007, Charice sang her already popular "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going" and "I Will Always Love You" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, leaving the audience, Ellen and all of America in awe. Charice received prolonged standing obviations on both of her songs and she was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception she received form the audience. After an online poll on the Ellen DeGeneres Show's website, Charice won as the Most Memorable Moment of 2007 and is about to guest on the show again soon.

In December 2007, she went back to South Korea as she was chosen as the Most Requested Foreign Act of 2007 on the show after a nationwide voting system. She did receive standing ovations after she sung I Will Survive and a duet of I Will Always Love You with Lena Park. She also performed an a cappella version of Beyonce's Listen after she was requested by the host to sing a ballad song.

As soon as she got back to the Philippines after her Ellen and Star King guestings, she became an instant celebrity and did several guestings on different TV shows on ABS-CBN Network, becoming one of the most sought-after young singers in the country.

On April 8, 2008, Charice invaded the United Kingdom after she guested on London's Paul O'Grady Show. Again, she was requested to sing "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going" and "I Will Always Love You" and eventually, she got the same response by receiving standing ovations for her two performances.

Charice appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Monday - May 12, 2008. The episode was entitled "World's Smartest Kids" and featured 10 gifted children in their specific field. Charice was the only guest who sang. Charice sang Whitney Houston's - "I Have Nothing".

She dazzled the audience, and Oprah as well with her jaw dropping powerful voice! After the performance Charice was honored with yet another prolonged standing ovation from the audience, as Oprah looked in almost disbelief of Charice's incredible performance. Oprah embraced Charice with hugs and showered her with compliments, at the same time Charice was a bit overwhelmed and got a little teary eyed.

David Foster & Friends, Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas

Charice performed on May 23, 2008 at The Event Center at the Mandalay Bay Resort to participate in a one night only live concert tribute to legendary producer David Foster. Charice had the honor of singing Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You" from the hit movie Bodyguard. Whitney and Kevin Costner, the stars of Bodyguard thanked Foster via video for writing and producing the mega hit songs for the movie. Charice then sang "And I Am Telling You" from the movie Dreamgirls. She received roaring standing O's for each one of her performances.

The show also featured Michael Johns, Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Kenny G., Katharine McPhee, Brian McKnight and Boz Scaggs to name a few. Foster, along with the artists, performed some of his biggest hits.






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      Betty Schultz 

      9 years ago

      I am so proud of the chances our youth have today being able to show their gifts of talent. Charise blew me away when I first heard her on my computer. She is a natural celebrity. I would love to know if she ever performs around my home town , Hemphill, Tx or anywhere near there. Hemphill is in East Texas and the nearest big towns are Lufkin, Tx and Nacogdoches , Tx. I would love to hear her in person and be able to get her autograph. I'm a retired local country singer who tried to get into Nashville, Tn but if you weren't in the click or didn't have the funds there was no way to be able to show your talent. So shoot for the stars Charice while you are still a young lady. I started singing when I was about 28 years old and I am now 64 wishing that opportunities were available back when I was a child. Again you are unbelievably talented and a joy to listen to and I hope to see you in person and be able to just sit and talk with you.

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      Danny Bowle 

      9 years ago

      This young talent is amazing. She deserves an applaud! yah, go Charice!

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      9 years ago

      Every performer assumes an "act" on the stage. Without an act, the "persona" of a performer, you might as well sing in the bathroom. Her true power is her ability to connect, and touch people. There are many beautiful, wonderful singers who are great technicians, but they don't have the "it", that power to connect. that is the power of her voice.

      Young as she is, few singers possess that gift. As for her being a copycat, any artist/performer who begins her career sings only what's out there--her favorite numbers. And they make no bones about worshipping the artists who have come before them, the artists who were their first influences. Do American idol singers sing any opriginal songs? Not at first! Only eventually, after the "tests" will someone, with the likes of geniuses like David Foster, come around to write originals for a rare, raw diamond as Charice.

      The fact is, her star has risen phenomenally within only six months of her US visit. She gets absolute standing ovations for every performance anywhere! How can you deny a talent like that! Even David Foster (the kingmaker of Celine, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, etc). himself finally gave his verdict emphatically in Oprah that Charice is Undeniable!

      The girl's on her way to the top, and on her way to having her very own songs exclusively composed for her. The girl's a genuine material!!!

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      10 years ago

      charice exists because she is copying the original- the one and only whitney houston- whose voice of power and exellence has no comparison. she's a mature 16 year old who knows exactly what she'd doing. her tears and innocent appearance are a contrast to the provocative look she throws at her audience. i, for one , am not buying this act.


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