(SINGAPORE) Last night, Charice the tiny-but-talented girl surprised every single person in the tiny-but-elegant stadium of this tiny-but-affluent island nation.
Charice performed as part of the David Foster and Friends Asian Tour, which is now in Singapore – its fifth and final leg. This sold-out installment coincides with the Singapore Sun Festival, a month-long national event.
Mild applause ensued after her first number, “Power of Love”, something that can be at best described as a gesture of kindness from the very poised pack.
The audience’s response gathered some momentum when Charice sang a new arrangement of Celine Dion’s “To Love You More”.
Afterwards, as she was singing the Bodyguard Medley, the initially stoic audience realized that what they were seeing was pure, heavenly talent.
A person so small could so exquisitely sing so big a song!
The Singaporeans in the lovely Esplanade Theatres were petrified in disbelief.
But then, it was Charice’s moving rendition of the Celine Dion Hit “All by Myself” that sealed the deal for the diacritical Singaporean public.
The Singaporean audience – the last piece of the Asian puzzle – deemed her worthy of a spontaneous, heartfelt and scream-laden standing ovation. Charice can now be officially declared as Asia’s new superstar.
Just before the concert, the lingering question was whether the Lion City will love her too – and that standing ovation gave the definitive answer.
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The Sun Shone Twice
Looking back at history, this is her second time to grace the financial capital.
In December 2009, she was a guest performer at the Grand Finals of Singapore Idol, the local version of Simon Cowell’s American Idol at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, where fans and critics gave raving reviews of her unforgettable performance.
However, this is her first time to perform in front of a very diverse audience that represents all age groups. She did not disappoint them at all.
The David Foster and Friends Asian Tour
Spearheaded by 15-time Grammy winner David Foster, the other performers are Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors.
The group will be performing in the same venue one last time on October 30 (Saturday), to conclude the immensely successful David Foster and Friends Concert Tour.
After Singapore, Charice will fly back to the US to record new songs and to resume taping for the FOX hit show GLEE where she is a guest star who portrays the role of a Filipina foreign exchange student named Sunshine Corazon. She will reappear on the show’s 6th and 7th episodes.
Charice will come back to Asia in 2011, kicking off her solo tour with a solo concert in Japan on February 22-23.
RJ Nieto, charicemania.com
Author’s Note: Credits to Mr. Andy Tian for providing very helpful information that made writing this article possible.