Once again, Charice rocked the Italian audience when she performed as a guest in a singing competition “Io Canto,” aired live 23 January in Canale 5. She sang six times during the show in which she showed the best of her singing prowess running through her favorite songs like “I Will Always Love You”, “Listen,” her own single “Note To God,” and a spectacular neck-breaking performance of her first interpretation of a song in Italian, “Adagio.”
One could see the high esteem of the producers and staff of the show for the hearthful warm welcome they gave to her. A short video of her life’s success preceded her entrance.
Introductory video and I Will Always Love You >>> watch here
Here’s the translation of the introductory video:
“That which leaves literally someone stupified when you hear Charice Pempengco sing is her vibrating and powerful voice. Born and grew up in the Philippines, she became in a short time an international phenomenon attracting towards her the attention of the greatest musical producer, first among the rest, David Foster. So Charice, like in one of so many beautiful fairytales, realizes one of her greatest dreams.
“In this moment, her popularity is among the stars, and this is shown through Youtube in which she gained more than 13 millions hits. But Charice remains the usual girl, tied to her family values, especially to her mom, who helped and encouraged her to go ahead.
In the firmament of international music, surely, a new star is born!”
Here are the other videos of Charice’s performances:
- Clear version of “I Will Always Love You” >>> watch here
- Charice sings “Listen” with Cristian Imparato >>> mouseover to watch here
Before she sang this song with Cristian, Gerry is so proud to comment some of Charice’s accomplishments.
He said: “Wherever she goes she receives a warm welcome from all over the world, and whatever part of the world she has this same attitude… And she had the fortune, in spite of her young age, to duet with Bocelli, and also with her personal dream, Celine Dion… and I know that recently, she participated also in a film which is about to be released, which I think it was also a great experience… right? Charice then responded… that it was a great experience for her to sing with these great celebrities, and with that she’s very happy!
The crowd was so excited by the time they heard Charice’s name mentioned. She was escorted by a young man as she entered the stage (the stage was so fantastic, by the way, fitting for an international singing sensation), and sang “I Will Always Love You” which she nailed with new riffs and runs that were so mesmerizing!
The producers were so proud to have her in their show, especially the host as he continued to expressed his awe in saying, like: “Incredible, awesome, stupendous, marvelous…”
Gerry Scotti greeted also her family, especially her mother, saying: “… who is always moved just like the first time we saw her in the film.” “Thank you for being here with us!”
He then introduced Cristian, asking Charice whether she knows him. Charice shows that she knew him already as she readily expressed her impression of him. “When I saw him in YouTube, I said to myself: This is the end of me…” she commented, and Cristian responded “No, it is not true!”
Gerry said that Cristian dreamed too to have a duet with Charice and now he is living that moment. He was out of words to express his emotions: “I don’t know what to say to sing with her! It’s a dream…”
So the two vocal phenoms exhibit their out-of-this-world-talents as they made their way through the rough ridges of the song, with its acute vocal-rending high notes for those who are unqualified, and gave the audience a jaw-dropping, breathtaking performance!!! Rightly so that at the end, after hitting and nailing the final notes, while the audience was still expressing their unquenchable thirst for more through rounds of applause, Gerry Scotti couldn’t hold himself in exclaiming, “I am certain that tonight you have witnessed, live on air, something extraordinary! I am convinced! Great, great, great!”
Simone and Lara came in and offered a bouquet of flowers to Charice with a big smile, truly impressed, especially Lara, by her performance. You can overhear her through the microphone saying, “Belli, belli, (Beautiful, beautiful…) You’re number one!” Isn’t that moving?!? Then Lara gave Charice a hug and a loud kiss!!!
“Okay, this is their moment, Scotti continued, let us leave them to enjoy it! Grazie Pittelli!” (I think the one who arranged the song), “Thank you, thank you, thank you, for it has really filled with harmony this marvelous performance. I announce to you,” he proudly added with an exciting tone of voice, “that Charice will be with us the whole night and will give us other moments like this! Grazie! Bravi, bravi, bravi!!!”
And the audience was impatiently excited to see and hear more from her!!!
For the first time in Italian “Adagio” with Cristian Imparato
>>> watch here
Gerry Scotti was just excited to show to the public the first italian song intrepreted by Charice. He asked it as a special gift from her. I have the impression that Gerry Scotti had foreseen that this song would just be ideal to show Charice’s singing prowess that will make the public go wild. And it did! The long applause in standing ovation proved his insight.
The song is a power ballad with acute high notes with rough riffs and melismas. Together with Cristian Imparato, a 13 yr-old schoolboy, the duet turned into a neck-breaking performance that inspires an indescribable sense of awe and enchantment: “Un spettacolo divino cantate da due voci angeliche!” – a divine spectacle performed by two angelic voices!
Charice sings “I Have Nothing” and “Note to God”
>>> watch here
Just before the announcement of the winners of the night, Gerry gave more space to Charice in his show by allowing her two more songs. He couldn’t get enough of Charice, and since he had her in his show… it’s just worthwhile to “take advantage of her presence”. (I had this feeling from him! hehehe)
Charice had a nice chorale stationed in different groups around the stage when she sang her “Note to God”. As usual, she moved the audience to their feet after each song! Now for the fourth time she “came and conquered” Italy once more!!! She’s gaining more and more Italian fans getting ready for the release of her upcoming first international album. Good job!
In fact, Gerry, mentioned after she sang that Charice has an upcoming second single “Pyramid” coming out soon, and he endorsed it to the audience – millions of them watching from their homes!!!
Encore of “Listen” with Cristian Imparato
>>> mouseover to watch
At end, after the announcement of the winners, so as to close the show, Gerry once more asked Charice to have an encore with “Listen”!
Someone posted an article in an Italian site saying that the duet of Charice with Cristian ended up as a duel. With the “Listen” duet, Charice showed her apex of vocal prowess and greater musical experience, it says, and with the “Adagio”, Cristian brought his war horse against Charice. It shows in the article that author was a Cristian fan, in which he concluded that Cristian got the victory over Charice.
If we were to keep in line with that writer’s perspective, I would say that with this encore of “Listen”, willed by the producer, the host, the orchestra, the maestro, and the whole production staff, it shows that Charice gained victory over the war horse of Cristian!
And she brought down the house!!!
Written and submitted by AimHigher
This article below is from a blog in Italian:
Charice, from youtube to Io Canto: The web phenomenon is once again in Italy
Italy came to know of her through Ti Lascio Una Canzone conducted by Antonella Clerici, but Charice, 17yrs old of filippino origin, popular all over the world for her mighty vocal extensions, is back in Italy as guest of the photocopied-show Io Canto this time conducted by Gerry Scotti in Channel 5, and faithful to RaiUno´s original show is once again offering the same guests making them once again sing duets with the young contestants. But who is Charice? Like the contestants, she was also a child prodigy, singing in public at a very young tender age.
Not many people knows that Charice Pempengco, that is her complete name, is together with her younger brother, raised by her mother alone, who left her father after all the domestic violence as Charice was just three years old. To help the family, charice started joining several singing contest at the very young age (at 7yrs old). The breakthrough came in 2005, when the little girl joined Little Big Star, a program with it´s format dedicated to babytalents, something like the more popular American idol. The show was aired in the Philippine´s National Broadcaster. Inspite of her talent and a powerful vocal extensions, Charice´ first live performance doesn´t seem to convince, she was elliminated on the first night. But then she was picked as a jolly-contestant, a sort of “reserve” one, she was able to be in the program´s finalist. Despite the fact that she could possibly be the winner of the program, Charice has to be contented as a 3rd placer. Until 2007, Charice was just having irregular appearances in the local channels, but thanks to one avid fan who uploaded her videos in YouTube which made the Charice-Phenomenon exploded on-line: the web got crazy with that girl with incredible vocal extensions, that can pass with nonchalance from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, without changing a single original note of the songs.
The first self-titled album of the artist CHARICE, was released on May 2008, consisting mostly of covers fr Whitney Houston, Jennifer Holiday, Amy Diamond and many more.
The second album, My Inspiration, was then realeased on Mother´s Day, in May 2009, in which Charice sung a duet with her mom Raquel in the song You and me against the World.
The next single of this baby-artist is called Pyramid, to be released next February.
In the meantime we selected a live performance of hers which she’d done in this American living-room show, per excellence, The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Submitted by Aimhigher and Wilma, translated by Wilma
And another blog in Italian mentioned Charice, but according to our translator, Wilma, it´s not really about Charice but actually all about Christian and his performances. Translated is the part where they mentioned Charice:
The most emotional part is that when Imparato (Christian) performed with the young singer of a filippino origin, Charice Pempengco, 16 years old with an angelic voice, her collaborations with Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli are something to brag about.
In the program, these two sang “Listen”, the young singer´s (Charice´) winning piece, they bewitched the viewers and moved them all with the song “Adagio”, which Charice accepted to interpret in italian. It´s a performance worth of the greatest interpreters of Music in the World, and the performance video, needless to say, is already creating madness in the web.
Submitted by AnonymousFanatic, translated by Wilma
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