by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com
LOS ANGELES – She may have sang Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing, but Filipino singing sensation Charice Pempengco seems to have everything going her way.
Charice brought down the house as she performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show last Monday. The episode featured the world’s smartest and most gifted kids with Charice joining nine other wunderkinds on the stage.
Once Charice came up to perform, her rendition of I Have Nothing made the audience rise from their seats giving her a standing ovation mid-way through the performance. The crowd also gave her another standing O after the performance
As Charice hit the song’s crescendo, the camera panned to Oprah, who stood mouthing, “wow, wow, wow” to a stagehand and shook her head in disbelief at the power of Pempengco’s voice.
“What a blow-away moment!” said Oprah after the performance.
Oprah said she first heard about Charice from producer/songwriter David Foster, who is famous for working with singers like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Barbara Streisand.
“He says you’re a force to be reckoned with,” said Oprah to Charice. “Your voice is something deeper in itself.”
With tears in her eyes, Charice said appearing on Oprah is a dream come true.
“I can’t believe I’m here standing with you,” said Charice. “I can’t believe I’m hugging you!”
Backstage on Oprah
This year has been a whirlwind ride around the world for the Filipino diva. Since her Youtube appearance last year generated millions of hits, slowly but surely the world has taken notice.
So far, she has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in December. She went to Korea to perform on Star King then came back home for more performances in the Philippines to spend Christmas and New Year. Charice also appeared in one of London’s most popular show Paul O’Grady before gracing the Oprah Winfrey Show.
It was her first trip to the windy city, and Charice made the most of it when she appeared on Oprah.
Charice said she did not meet Oprah prior to her performance but wanted to impress the famous daytime host.
Again just like on Ellen, she felt overwhelmed by the reaction from the crowd after her performance.
“First of all I’m shocked,” said Charice in a phone call to the Asian Journal after she saw the show for the first time. She did the taping more than a month ago but had to keep mum about it until it aired nationally. “I saw some people cry [during the performance].”
She spoke briefly to Oprah backstage.
“She’s very pretty and kind,” said Charice. “She’s a true person like Ellen. I love them both.”
Charice said she enjoyed meeting some of the other kids backstage especially 8-year-old Quincy Eaton, the dancing actor in one of McDonald’s most popular commercials.
“We were dancing together after the show but it was edited out,” said Charice.
So far, more shows are already in Charice’s schedule. At the moment, she’s just grateful of the support from everyone.
“I don’t know what’s next,” she added. “I want to be surprised.”
Charice also mentioned that her album is available on the iTunes store.