To those Chasters who wondered why Charice left the Philippines so quickly on Sunday, it was a live performance alongside David Foster and Donna Summer in Los Angeles that was to blame.
Charice was a surprise guest at the Television Critics Association tour at the historic Orpheum Theater on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, Sunday night. The special event was to promote David Foster’s upcoming PBS Special “The Hitman Returns,” which will air in March. She joined her mentor and godfather on stage, along with Summer, to wow the critical audience.
TV Guide had this to say: “The critics were on their feet dancing [to Donna Summer's Last Dance] — a rare feat for that crowd. But the real treat of the evening was the evening’s final guest, who had just landed at LAX from the Philippines an hour previous to the concert’s start. Charice, the tiny
18-year-old girl with the big voice, who starred on this season’s opening episode of Glee, came onstage to sing “All By Myself” to perfection. I had goose bumps, and couldn’t sleep afterwards because of the rush her performance gave me.”
TVweekonline said: “Filipino pop sensation Charice blew the figurative roof off the joint with her vocal gymnastics.”
By all accounts, the performance was to the usual phenomenal standard, with another critic from the Star Tribune saying “Move over, Justin Bieber. There’s a new teenage sensation on the scene… Charice nailed a version of “All By Myself,” hitting a high note that almost shattered the wine glasses… Summer was great, but it’s Charice’s voice that keeps ringing in my ears…”
The Sioux City Journal offered just one word as a description of the night: “incredible,” before going on to elaborate on the concert and saving some special praise for Charice herself.
“Unbelievable. Un-be-liev-a-ble! She performed “All By Myself” and hit those killer notes with such ease you’d swear she was lip-syncing. But she wasn’t. And, like Summer, she got the normally sedate people to cheer.”
Turning the “sedate” into the “cheering” has become something of a habit for Charice, and after her highly acclaimed performance in front of 80,000 screaming Chasters in Manila on Saturday last (Jan 8), the “cheering” audience at the Orpheum Theater must have seemed a little quiet. Regardless of the volume, to have a crowd of hard-nosed and even harder-to-please TV critics in raptures about her is further evidence that she is a class apart.
“The Hitman Returns” will feature both Charice and Donna Summer, as it is a recording of the
Las Vegas leg of the “David Foster and Friends Tour,” which was taped live on October 15 last. Also amongst the stars of the show were Ne-Yo (who Charice sang a duet with), Seal, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan and Michael Bolton.
The Television Critics Association tour comprises TV critics from the US and Canada, who preview the television network’s biggest upcoming programs over the course of a few weeks. In total, about 200 journalists are present at the tour, which is held in January and July each year.
The association is highly influential, meaning that a poor review can kill a program before it even happens. Clearly, Charice played no small part in ensuring that Foster’s PBS special will be amongst the highest ranking TV events of the year.
By Robert Sheen, Charicemania.com