May 26th, 2008, 12:43 pm #1

Charice sings with US stars, wows Vegas

Young singer Charice once again proved her singing prowess as she got two standing ovations for her performance with musician-record producer David Foster's discoveries for a benefit concert at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last Friday, May 23rd.

For the event entitled "David Foster & Friends" in front of an audience of almost 10,000, Charice sang a medley of Whitney Houston's hits- "I Will Always Love You" and "I Have Nothing".

These songs are from the original sound track of "The Bodyguard" which was produced by Foster. "And I Am Telling You" is from the original soundtrack of "Dreamgirls", also produced by Foster.

Audience impact

After her performance, Charice got two standing ovations. People cried during her performance, and she received loud cheers and applause after each song.

Charice said in an interview after her perfomance that she was really happy and thrilled to be part of Foster's special show.

"Masaya lang po ako na biglaan po yung napabilang ako sa kanila, lalo na po sa Las Vegas. Mas maraming big stars ang nakasama ko like Mr. Andrea Bocelli.

Sobrang bait na talagang after ng performance ko nakita ko nasa baba siya nag-stay. Akala ko kung ano ang meron, yun pala iko-congratulate niya ako parang di ako makapaniwala na sila ang kasama ko," Charice said.

"Basta parang nanaginip lang ako lalo na noong nakita ko 'yung program. Hello pinagitnaan ako ng big star Michael Buble at Josh Groban," Charice added.

Proudly Filipino

The 16-year-old belter said she was emotional after her performance.

"After ng performance ko, naiiyak ako. Hindi ko lang mailabas kasi may second song pa po pero talagang natutuwa ako na kahit po 'yung mga Amerikano nakikilala po nila ako. Tapos sinasabi nila na ako daw po yung best na nakita nilang may best performance," she said.

"Proud po ako, Filipino po ako. Tapos natuwa ako na binanggit ko na taga-Pilipinas ako ang daming nag-chi-cheer nakaka-proud. Sana proud din sa akin ang kapwa Pilipino ko po," said Charice.

Charice's famous fans

As for David Foster, he did not have anything but good words for his new discovery -- Charice.

"Tonight, a star is born," Foster said.

"I had the great pleasure of being able to stand inside behind the stage when she was performing... she has a beautiful voice," Josh Groban said.

During the cast party where no cameras were allowed, people, including the artists flocked to Charice.

They were all hugging and congratulating her for a very wonderful performance.

The caterer, famous chef Wolfgang Puck who saw the show with his wife could not get enough of Charice.

Mrs. Puck said, "I want to be your mother from now on."

Charice got a standing invitation from Wolfgang for free dinners with him and his wife every time Charisse is in Beverly Hills.

Making Filipinos proud

Charice said she gives her best in every performance to make her fellow Filipinos proud of her.

"Iniisip ko lang po na ibigay ang best ko sa bawat performance ko, kahit sino ang kasama ko...para maipagmalaki ko sa mga nanonood na pwede din po akong isabay sa mga talagang batikang singers like mga idol ko," she said

"Kaya binibigay ko ang best ko. Ito pong malaking oportunity na binibigay nila sa akin yun na po ang sinusukli ko sa kanila. 'Yung best performance ko na masasabi pong karapat-dapat ako sa binigay nilang opportunity."

Charice gives thanks

Charice thanked all the people who had faith in her talent and gave her breaks to be recognized.

"Salamat sa lahat ng pinag-guest-an ko sa Oprah, sa Ellen DeGeneres sa Paul O' Grady siyempre David Foster," Charice said.

Charice appeared in the Paul O’Grady Show in London, Tuesday, April 8 and on the Ellen DeGeneres show in December 2007.

Last April 11, broke the story that she just finished taping a special episode for Oprah. Her special guesting with Oprah was aired May 12th.

With a report from TV Patrol World.


May 26th, 2008, 4:51 pm #2



May 26th, 2008, 4:55 pm #3


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May 26th, 2008, 5:11 pm #4

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May 27th, 2008, 7:56 pm #5

David Foster on Charice: Tonight, a star is born!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Curtain-raiser: Arnel Pineda (featured in this corner yesterday) and the Journey are guesting on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, airing tonight in the US and in the Philippines tomorrow (May 29) night at 7 o’clock on 2nd Avenue (Cable TV). They will sing two songs, Separate Ways and After All These Years (the carrier single from the new Revelations CD). Watch it.


Two Mondays ago, Funfare reported the exclusive story about Charice’s guesting in a show famous songwriter David Foster put up for the opening of MGM Grand Casino Hotel in Foxwood, Connecticut, accompanied by exclusive photos (Charice with Foster, and fellow performers Alicia Keys and Josh Groban; not in photo was John Mayer) you see only in The STAR.

A few days later, Funfare published another “scoop,” this time about another show Foster was mounting in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last May 23, called David Foster and Friends. Here’s what happened in that star-studded event in which Charice got another standing ovation, showered with praise by her co-performers:

Charice’s performance (I Will Always Love You, etc.) was described as “jaw-dropping,” after which Foster told the audience which gave Charice a standing ovation, “Tonight, a star is born!”

The other performers included Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenny G, Babyface, Groban, Katharine McPhee, Brian McKnight, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and many others.

As soon as Charice appeared onstage, she asked (in Tagalog): “Marami po bang mga Filipino dito?”, adding mesmerized by the magnitude of the event, “Sobrang masaya po ako. Parang nananaginip pa po ako hanggang ngayon. Proud po ako at nire-represent ko po ang Pilipinas dito sa ibang bansa. Proud po ako at Filipino po ako. Sana po proud din po sila sa akin.”

“Never perhaps in the history of Philippine entertainment has a Filipino artist shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest performers,” gushed immigration lawyer and STAR columnist Michael Gurfinkel and his wife Millie who were in the audience. (It was the Gurfinkel couple who helped “expedite” the issuance of Charice and her mom Raquel’s US visa, after they lost their passports to a bukas-kotse gang in their native Laguna).
Said a Funfare contributor who was also there, “Charice had the audience on their feet as she received a standing ovation after each of her songs. The only other performers who received standing ovations were Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban (for his finale). After the show, Charice was showered with praise by both her co-performers and the audience.

“Bocelli had already finished his performance and was in his dressing room when he heard Charice singing onstage through the monitor. He insisted that his handlers take him backstage, so that he could be among the first to congratulate Charice. He told Charice, after her performance, ‘You have a beautiful voice; I was moved!’ “Asked how he felt having performed twice with Charice, Groban said, ‘I was backstage, getting ready to go on, and not really paying attention to the act onstage, when all of a sudden I heard the voice of a beautiful siren, and my jaw dropped. I had to stop everything and just watch her from the wings. It was marvelous!’”

An excerpt from a Vegas newspaper:

If Groban is one of Foster’s most renowned discoveries, this night truly belonged to a newer one, doe-eyed 16-year-old Filipino belter Charice, whose voice is like a jetliner taking off from her sternum.
She turned in a stunning rendition of the Whitney Houston-by-way-of-Dolly Parton hit I Will Always Love You, singing with such power and poise, it was hard to believe that she wasn’t even yet alive when the song originally became a hit on The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992.

”Tonight, a star is born,” Foster gushed after her brief set, another grand sentiment from a man defined by them.