“30 Days With Charice” is a documentary by Emmy-award winning director Matthew Mills, cut into four-minute-episodes with new ones released every Wednesday and Friday on Teen.com.
The premiere episode was the perfect introduction on Charice’s background and current life as an artist. Her 18th birthday celebration is the main focus, which is just a low-key and simple party but with a happy and very contented Charice. It’s May 10, 2010, the day before the launch of her debut album, so she’s doing a short webcam video with David Foster urging fans to go buy her album tomorrow. Mixing work with a party? Charice is really hardworking and it shows how much she loves what she’s doing.
It’s the day of Charice’s debut album release and she’s off to two shows, Oprah and QVC, for some major promotions. In this episode of “30 Days With Charice”, we go behind the scenes with Charice on her live QVC performance.
QVC actually means Quality, Value and Convenience, and is a multinational corporation with a focus on bringing shopping to the comfort of our homes through television. Currently, there are 160 million viewers tuning in to QVC across five countries: US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Italy. It is the no. 2 television network in the US in terms of its total revenue, which reached $7.4 billion in 2009.
For Charice’s album launch in QVC Live, she’s performing with David Foster and is going to sing six songs from her self-titled debut album, “Charice”. Iyaz, featured on her no. 1 hit Pyramid, will also perform with her live on the show.
The episode starts with a frenzied sound check, where everyone is trying to make everything perfect and ready by the time they go on-air. We see how David Foster guides Charice and how she takes those directions and improve her own unique style. In the short interviews, we hear David saying how Charice is “a racehorse” during sound checks since she always sings like she’s already performing for the real thing. Tommy Page, VP of Top 40 Reprise Records, says that David is indeed “tough on her, but she responds” and they actually “work great together”.
We then see Charice getting her hair done while she talks about her fear of going onstage and performing. She explains that she’s only afraid of the “before and after” but when she’s already there singing in front of everybody and the cameras, “it’s all good”.
It’s definitely all good for the Charice camp as her QVC stint was extremely successful. The sales of her album were really high for that short 30 minutes of airtime. Charice then says thank you to everyone who bought her album. Tommy Page then ends the episode with positive remarks about the whole QVC performance, “Charice completely nailed it on QVC, we sold lots of records, everybody was happy, and once again we go out with a big grin on our face – job well done.”
Charice is off to the Big Apple, where she’ll meet with different reporters, magazines, newspapers, and TV stations. Let’s follow her behind the scenes of countless interviews, tapings, photo shoots, and impromptu performances – what a hectic schedule! Will Charice survive all these and still be able to say “I heart NY”? Watch episode three on Wednesday at Teen.com to find out.
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com