Charice gives a break to aspiring singers


Charice (as Sunshine Corazon, inset) wowed the cast of Glee Season 2 when she performed Beyonce’s "Listen" for the pilot episode. Charice will come back to Manila for the David Foster and Friends concert on October 23.


Asia’s rising pop star helps give a break to aspiring singers.

Last September 28, Charice sponsored an amateur singing contest held in Gulod, Cabuyao, Laguna. This particular barrio is close to Charice’s heart because her family lived in an apartment there for some time. The seven-year-old Charice was enrolled at Gulod Elementary School when she started competing in singing contests.

Currently based in Los Angeles, California, the international pop singer was able to watch and judge the performances of the contestants through Skype, a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet.

The Philippine Star reports that the winners were: Regine de Castro of Dasmariñas, Cavite (first place); Rachel Gabreza of San Juan, Metro Manila (second place); and Clariza Arganda of Banadero, Calamba (third place).


Just like her Glee character called Sunshine Corazon, Charice wore her hair in pigtails and had a black beret and trademark glasses when she faced the crowd gathered in Gulod. The petite singer gave her rendition of "Telephone," the same song that she performed with fellow Glee star Lea Michelle. Their duet peaked at No. 2 in the iTunes Top 10 chart while Charice’s solo number "Listen" climbed to No. 7 after debuting at the ninth slot.

During the pilot episode of Glee Season 2, her character Sunshine opted to join the singing group Vocal Adrenaline because of the promise of a condo and a green card for her mother.

She told Bum Tenorio of The Philippine Star that her weekdays are reserved for tapings of Glee, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the weekend, she writes and records songs for her second album.

In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal, Charice was asked to pick a co-star who could possibly become her love interest. The Filipina singer-actress revealed, "Actually, I kinda like Artie [portrayed by Kevin McHale]. Sunshine’s character is a bit nerdy, so I think they would be cute together."

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When asked to suggest a singer whose song she would like to cover in the hit American musical series, Charice gave her suggestion by saying, "Sunshine would love to dance. I would love to try a Michael Jackson song. I also haven’t covered any Christina Aguilera, but I love her."


BEST SCENE IN PILOT EPISODE.
In an interview with Tina Monzon-Palma on the September 28 episode of The World Tonight, Charice confirmed that she will play a recurring character in Glee.

"Babalik pa po ako sa iba pang episodes kaya po nandito pa po ako hanggang ngayon kasi nagshu-shoot pa po ako."

The most unforgettable scene for her during the pilot episode was when she performed her audition piece for New Directions. According to Charice, the cheers that the cast gave during the episode were their genuine reaction to her performance of the Beyoncé song "Listen."

"For me po, super the best scene po talaga nung kinanta ko yung ’Listen’ kasi nandun po silang lahat, kumpleto po iyong cast. Sabi nga po nila, totoo nga daw po yung reaction nila dun. Masasabi ko po talaga, yun po yung best na shinoot ko po sa buong episode na yun."

"Natural po yun, hindi po sila binigyan ng directions po. Pinuwesto lang po sila tapos sabi lang po ng director na just do whatever you want, sige kung anong reaction ang ibigay niyo. I mean, except po of course kay Lea Michelle [who portrays Rachel Berry], kailangan po talaga ganun yung reaction niya."


DAVID FOSTER AND FRIENDS CONCERT.
Charice is expected to return to the Philippines to be a guest in the concert of her mentor, David Foster. Dubbed the "Hit Man," Foster was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City in June 2010.

"Babalik po ako sa Philippines next month, sa October po," she confirmed. "October 23 po yung David Foster and Friends live in Araneta Coliseum, so babalik po ako diyan to do a concert with Sir David Foster, Natalie Cole, and Peter Cetera."

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Here are the concert schedules in Asia this October:

October 19-20 Tokyo International Forum, Japan

October 23 Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
October 25 Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand
October 27 The Ritz Carlton-Pacific Place, Indonesia
October 29-30 Espalanade Concert Hall, Singapore


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