The New York Times and the New York Post have only good words for Charice after singing “Because You Loved Me” in the Taking Chances concert of Canadian diva Celine Dion at the Madison Square Garden (Watch the video here).
In an article by Jon Caramanica of the New York Times, he described Charice’s voice as “impressive” and complimented the pinay singing sensation for giving a rougher, more emotional edge to her performance of Dion’s hit song “Because You Loved Me.”
“They performed ‘Because You Loved Me’, though Ms. Dion mostly stayed out of the way as Ms. Pempengco explored the song’s heretofore unheard rougher edges, with ample gesticulations and melisma.
“As Ms. Pempengco brought the crowd to its feet, Ms. Dion struck poses behind her: awestruck wonder, heartfelt empathy, ambient triumph.”
In a separate article by reviewer Dan Aquilante of the New York Post, he described Charice’s performance as the brightest moment of the Celine Dion concert.
“One of the most interesting turns in this show was the MSG debut of 16-year-old vocal prodigy Charice Pempengco, whose manager, Oprah Winfrey – that’s right – secured the Philippine singer a duet with Celine for the song ‘Because You Loved Me.’
“The Charice segment was the night’s brightest moment. The teen was able to blast notes with Celine-like power, but she was also able to get in touch with the song’s emotions,” the review read.
Online videos of Charice’s performance at the Dion concert showed people giving a standing ovation to the young Filipina after the duet.
Before they performed, Dion introduced Charice to the audience as a Filipina whose voice “can literally blow the roof off Madison Square.”
“Charice vowed to save her mom from a life of desperation and despair. You know, through prayers and dreams and God-given talent, an incredible voice, Charice entered and won every singing contest in her native country and eventually, was noticed by such influential people such as Oprah and Oprah took her under her wings and David Foster joined in.”
Hailed the most talented girl in the world, Charice continue to take the world by storm with her raw talent. So what’s next? The first Pinoy to conquer the billboard charts perhaps? After reaching her dreams at an early age, there’s no way for Charice than up.