Charice Pempengco in her first appearance on American television, 15 year-old Charice Pempengco from the Philippines performs an incredible version of, â€œAnd I Am Telling You.â€ This kid wowed millions of Koreans and now Americans including no other than Ellen DeGeneres – One of Americas most respected TV Host.
About Charice Pempengco :
Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, simply known by her screen name Charice Pempengco (born May 10, 1993), is a Filipino singer who started joining talent contents in the Philippines at age 7. Her first major win was at Bulilit Star Quest, a competition for aspiring young singers, at age 9. At 12, she placed third in the first season of Little Big Star, another ABS-CBN talent search show in the Philippines. Pempengco has since become popular through YouTube and was introduced to American television through The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Pempengco 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 YouTubers thought her singing was fake and that she was only lip synching because of her unbelievable vocals. Another video that became a hit was a face-off between Pempengco and America’s Got Talent winner, Bianca Ryan. These videos brought Pempengco to the attention of Ten Songs Productions, a record company based in Sweden. She then traveled to Stockholm in June 2007 and recorded seven songs, among which were three cover songs, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” and Shakespeare Sisters’ “Stay,” plus four originals, “Amazing,” “All The Money In The World,” “It Can Only Get Better,” and “Born To Love You Forever.” These songs will soon be released digitally.
A few months later, FalseVoice released a video of 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’, which made a lot of buzz throughout their country. Many viewers reposted her Star King performance on YouTube, and 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 ‘Queen’ on the Hollywood Royalty segment; this time with the headline, “A Queen Is Born” on November 16th. Pempengco’s performance on Star King was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the November 28, 2007 episode, in which Ellen showed web videos of different people she wished would guest 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 and even DeGeneres herself in awe.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charice_Pempengco