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.
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.
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 OGrady Show in London, Tuesday, April 8 and on the Ellen DeGeneres show in December 2007.
Last April 11, abs-cbnNEWS.com 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.