Oprah Winfrey boldly claims the 18-year-old Filipino singer is ‘the most talented girl in the world!’ Do you agree? You might after checking out her impressive resume!
In the last 24-hours, an 18-year-old Filipino girl named Charice Pempengco has dominated our news feeds. Not only is she a trending topic on Twitter, but she’s landed a recurring role on Fox’s hit show, Glee — and Oprah Winfrey is even re-airing her ‘Most Talented Girl in the World’ special tonight, June 22.
Who exactly IS this pint-sized performer with pipes more powerful than Whitney Houston’s and Celine Dion’s combined? In case your head’s been buried in the sand, here’s everything you need to know about Charice!
Hometown: Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines
How’d she get her start in showbiz?
Charice competed in talent competitions to help support her family after her mom bravely left her abusive father. Like Justin Bieber, YouTube made her an instant singing sensation, enough so that Oprah Winfrey came calling, and set her up with legendary music producer David Foster.
How famous IS she?
Since May 2008, Charice’s career has skyrocketed. She’s performed with the best singers in the world, including Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, been featured on Oprah multiple times, entertained President Obama (twice!) and released three albums. In fact, Charice is the first Asian in history to land in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. She’s not messin’ around!
Why should you care?
Not only does Charice have talent (seriously, her voice will give you the chills!), this teenager has heart. She’s bubbly, entertaining and seemingly super-sweet. In addition, Charice has never received any formal musical training and her rags to riches story is classic. Who doesn’t love a Cinderella story?
Still not sold? Watch these videos for yourself and tell us what you think!