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Since she was 6 years old, Charice Pempengco has been lighting up the stage in her home country of the Philippines. Described as a diva in the making, Charice started singing at age 4 and eventually started competing in talent shows. She entertained the country, belting out hits from her favorite American singers—Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

After a stranger posted one of her jaw-dropping TV performances on YouTube, Charice became an Internet singing sensation. Her videos have been viewed more than 13 million times online! Charice then landed a Swedish recording contract. In November 2007, she was invited to sing on Star King, one of Korea's most popular television shows, where she brought down the house!
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FROM: Oprah Presents the World's Smartest Kids
Published on May 30, 2008

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