Charice Was Just a Newly Discovered Teenager
You might know Charice as the jaw-dropping voice behind foreign exchange student Sunshine Corazon on the musical TV series Glee, but before she hit primetime, Charice Pempengco was stunning Oprah Show viewers with her powerful pipes.
Charice's dream of becoming a singer began halfway around the world in the Philippines. She found a following on the Internet after a stranger posted her performances on YouTube.
Oprah's producers were among the 13 million people who logged on to watch the 16-year-old sensation sing songs made famous by artists like Celine Dion and Beyoncé. Then, in May 2008, Charice flew 15 hours to showcase her talent on The Oprah Show. She stole the show with a soul-stirring rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."
Charice's voice wasn't the only thing that impressed Oprah. "One of the things I love most about Charice is that no matter what obstacles she's faced in her life, she's never given up on her dream of something better," Oprah said.
Over the next few years, Charice's career took off and her dreams came true. She continued to appear on The Oprah Show, updating fans on her performances with Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and Celine Dion.
Aside from her guest spot on Glee, Oprah's "most talented girl in the world" released her debut album in May, 2010.
Go behind the scenes of Charice's single "Pyramid"