Charice Pempengco wows American audience in "Ellen" show

by Nerisa Almo
Dec 23, 2007
Young Pinay singer Charice Pempengco was in tears after performing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The American TV host-comedienne couldn't believe that the Internet singing sensation was singing before her.

Internet singing sensation Charice Pempengco received two standing ovations from the audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The 14-year-old Little Big Star finalist showed off her singing talent that wowed the American audience, including the Emmy Award-winning host Ellen DeGeneres.

It was late November when Ellen announced on her show that she wanted this teenager singer from the Philippines—who sang in a televised talent contest in Korea titled Star King that hit the video-sharing site YouTube—to guest on Ellen. When she learned about Ellen's wish, Charice said, "Nagulat po ako, parang napaisip ako, ‘Wow! Pang-international!'"

Indeed she looked like an international star when she sang Dreamgirls original soundtrack "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." After this, Charice hugged Ellen while in tears.

"You're amazing! You're amazing!" commented Ellen. She continued, "We just witnessed the beginning of this girl's career that we're gonna go, 'I was there, I saw her.' She is unbelieveable."

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Charice got a second standing ovation when she performed Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." In fact, in YouTube, one user commented, "That's the same voice as Whitney Houston."

As for the bonus surprise, Ellen gave Charice an iPod Touch to replace Charice's iPod, which was lost during her flight going to the United States.

With all the warm welcome and praises that she got during her guest appearance in a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Charice was left speechless and could only say, "Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Thank you very much."

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Young Pinay singer Charice Pempengco was in tears after performing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The American TV host-comedienne couldn't believe that the Internet singing sensation was singing before her.
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