Hey Chasters! It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the second week of 2011, which I’ve already dubbed, “The Year of Charice!” 2010 was truly remarkable, and the articles by Admin recounting the sensational memories and accomplishments from the past year got me to thinking about the coming year ahead for Charice and her Chasters. It’s hard to imagine how her schedule could get any busier and crazier than last year’s (click on the “Events” tab at the top of screen just to get a sense of how insane Charice’s schedule in 2010 really was), but I have a feeling this year will be more about major “Events” that will propel Charice even higher up the top of the Pyramid.
Here’s my list of “Most Anticipated Events for 2011″:
1. Return of Charice/Sunshine on Glee
There is no doubt that Charice’s first appearance on Glee way back in September brought her into the mainstream consciousness in the U.S. The accolades and praises following her short appearance on that first episode came from all directions, and new and old Chasters alike anxiously awaited her return on the show, waiting patiently for the sun to rise again. It was not to be during the first half of the season, but it appears Charice may make her grand re-entry into the plot of Glee in the most important episode of the season, the episode following the Super Bowl game on February 6.
Why this would be HUGE for Charice: According to the end of year 2010 Nielsen television ratings, last year’s Superbowl game held the top three highest-rated telecasts for the entire year, with over 106.5 MILLION viewers in the U.S. alone watching the game, followed by the post-game and pre-game shows which held the #2 and #3 spots on the top 10 list. That made last year’s Superbowl game the most watched television program in the history of television! The KEY point here is that, although 8 of the 10 highest rated television shows in the U.S. for 2010 were football games, the other two shows that made the top 10 list were the Academy Awards, and a show called “Undercover Boss.” Why is it so significant that “Undercover Boss” made the top ten list of most watched shows of 2010? Because the particular episode of “Undercover Boss” that made it onto the top ten list was the episode that immediately FOLLOWED the telecast of the Superbowl on CBS in the U.S.
FOX will be televising this year’s Superbowl and, wouldn’t you know it, FOX is also the station that airs our favorite Chaster show called GLEE every week. In what can only be viewed as divine intervention, if indeed Charice returns to Glee on the episode following the Superbowl telecast, then she could potentially be seen on one of the TOP TEN most viewed t.v. programs in the U.S. for all of 2011. In fact, almost 40 million people decided to keep their t.v. sets on after last year’s Superbowl to watch the episode of “Undercover Boss” which followed the Superbowl game on the same station.
Thus, Charice’s next appearance on Glee could lead to millions of people who may still be unaware of the gift we’ve all received in Charice, watching in stunned amazement as she enters into their lives for the first time. My hunch is, the producers of Glee and Team Charice all knew how the public’s anticipation for Sunshine’s return would grow to a fervor by the time the Superbowl episode came around, and what a more perfect time than to bring back Rachel’s rival from the first episode of the season! If in fact Sunshine does return for the Superbowl episode, I’m sure Charicemania will have to double its server capacity because of the avalanche of new Chasters discovering Charicemania for the first time after the show. I truly believe Charice’s appearance on the Superbowl episode, and the subsequent appearances on Glee leading to the season finale, will be the one KEY event for 2011 that will cement Charice into the mainstream pop culture and conversation in the U.S. and abroad. This is why I have it at the top of my “Most Anticipated Events for 2011″ list.
2. First Solo International Debut Concert in Japan
Watching the amazing videos and pictures from the MOA concert and reading Artemis’ fabulous report got me even more excited about Charice’s upcoming solo shows in Japan next month. We’ve all been so blessed having our Ninja Chasters provide vids of Charice’s shows from opposite ends of the world throughout all of last year. And for those of us fortunate enough to attend some of her shows last year, our only ‘regret’ was that she only sang 2-5 songs per show, and we just dreamed of the day when we could look forward to a full concert with nothing but Charice sharing her gift for a full evening! Well, the lucky Chasters in Japan get their due rewards for making her “Gold” in Japan, with the first set of solo shows after her debut international album lined up for next month. Much like the solo debut concerts for legends like Michael Jackson, the Beatles, and Celine Dion, fans of those artists will never forget “being there” in person when their favorite artists also had their solo debuts on stage for a full-set. And the Japan Chasters will have similar stories to share to their grand-kids after witnessing this historic event next month. I can’t imagine what her concert set-list will be like… will we hear “In Love So Deep,” “Nobody’s Singing to Me”, and “Nothing” sung live in person for the first time? A little over a month until those questions are answered.
3. Release of Next Hit Single
So many of us waited and waited towards the end of last year, wondering when Warner would release the next single for mass radio/promotion. Once we heard that the next single would not be from her debut album, we eagerly awaited any news about when that song would be released, and with whom if any she would collaborate with for that song. The Japanese Chasters got to hear Charice featured on
“Wherever You Are” by Unique Zayas, and we all got a glimpse of what that next song might sound like, though many commented that the next U.S. single would likely be even more ‘dance’ than WYA. Well, I’m hoping that after Charice re-enters America’s stream of consciousness again following her upcoming appearances on Glee, the timing will be ripe for the release and success of her next single. Though many of us lamented that so many treasures were still locked away on her debut album, we all hold out hope that after her next dance single gains traction and catapults Charice into the Top 40 billboard/radio charts, Warner will feel confident to release the edgy rock ballad “In Love So Deep” and the R&B poppy “Nobody’s Singing to Me” from her last album before they decide to shift promotion on to the next album. I’ve been thinking all along that Warner was purposefully keeping these songs off her live set-list to save them for ultimate release as singles. How tragic it would be for those two songs to never get a chance to be heard by the masses on Top 40 radio!
4. Release of Next Album
So we wonder, will Warner release her next album shortly after the release of her next single, or is the next album still months away from completion? We know Charice has been BUSY working with so many amazingly talented producers and artists for her next album, and we also know Warner will have her next album move even more towards the dance/R&B genre. For those of us who have literally ‘worn out’ our “Charice” CD’s (if that’s possible) from playing them on virtual loop throughout the year since last May, we can’t even imagine what it will be like to have another 10 or so new Charice songs to fuse into our lives’ musical tracklists. It’s always a special moment when you hit ‘play’ on the CD player for the first time after you purchase a new CD, and I can’t wait for that day when we get to hear 10 new fresh songs from our favorite artist in the world.
5. Return guesting on Ellen?
I’ll finish off my top 5 list with a hope of mine that Charice will be able to make it onto “Ellen” for her second guesting sometime this year. I think we’re all fairly certain that Oprah will likely have Charice on one more time before her show goes ‘off the air’ this season. With success on radio airplay with the next single and increased popularity from Glee, Charice may definitely be looking at invites to the late-night shows in the U.S. like Jay Leno and David Letterman as well.
However, because Charice first made her unforgettable introduction to many in the world and to those of us in the U.S. on the “Ellen” show in 2007, seeing her return to the show and give Ellen a big hug would be a beautiful thing to witness. Just as so many of us eagerly anticipated Charice’s return on Star King this past year because of the special meaning of Charice’s first appearance on that show, a return visit to Ellen would evoke a similar response considering it was Ellen who first introduced us to this amazing girl from the Philippines, who Ellen promised we would never forget about after hearing her sing. I love that Charice’s appearance on Ellen took place during the Christmas season, and Ellen told the audience that seeing and hearing Charice sing was going to be the best gift we all received from her that year. And yes Ellen, that statement has rung true for us ever since we all first heard and saw Charice, and for many of us, that took place on that fateful “Ellen” episode. Charice is the gift that keeps on giving, and Ellen had such a huge part in getting that never-ending cycle started when she first shared the gift of Charice with us over 3 years ago. What a joy it would be to see our little girl “all grown up” back on Ellen’s stage!
Well, that’s my top 5 list of “Most Anticipated Events for 2011.” What’s yours Chasters? We can compare notes at the end of this year!
A Toast to Charice… wishing her all the best for an amazing year ahead… AT THE TOP BABY !!!
by LAfan, Charicemania.com