Charice, dubbed as the World’s Most Talented Girl, shared her life story on the September 9 episode (Wednesday in Manila) of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah’s staff followed Charice in San Pedro, Laguna where she chronicled her sad memories and little triumphs as she became the world’s singing sensation.
From Oprah‘s website:
Oprah says there’s nothing more fun than helping to make someone’s dreams come true…especially when that someone is a gifted young person who really wants it and really deserves it.
Charice Pempengco’s dream of becoming a singer began halfway around the world in the Philippines. She found a following on the Internet after a stranger posted her jaw-dropping performances on YouTube.
Oprah’s producers were among the 13 million people who logged on to watch this 16-year-old sensation sing songs made famous by artists like Celine Dion and Beyoncé. Then, in May 2008, Charice flew 15 hours to showcase her talent on The Oprah Show. She stole the show with a soul-stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
Charice said that the very first song that she ever learned was “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.
After her performance, she was surprised by a live video feed of Celine Dion herself, her idol.
Celine says watching Charice sing left her speechless. “I can tell you that we have lots of things in common. I was very shy too. And I also had a mother—still have a mother—who is my strength,” Celine says. “You have more talent than most people. You can sing. You can speak and sing with your heart. You can play guitar. You can draw. And you can have dreams.”
The diva asked Charice to sing a duet with her at Madison Square Garden next week. Their tentative song is “Because You Loved Me” to be dedicated to Charice’s mom.
This Friday, September 19, Charice is set to sing with Celine Dion, who’s currently on the road with her Taking Chances tour. Another milestone for the young diva that the Philippines won’t surely miss.
VIDEO LINK: Charice on the Whole Episode of Oprah
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