“The Oprah Winfrey Show” or simply known as “Oprah” first started airing on television in 1986, and it has been going strong ever since. But just like life, there needs to be an end for an amazing show like Oprah, and it’s coming in two weeks. May 25, 2011 is going to be the last day that an original Oprah episode will air. The show’s current season has been dubbed as The Farewell Season, and various segments were done on the show as a sort of commemoration or just plain going out with a bang.
Oprah’s final season premier in September 2010 led to a trip to Australia for the 300 members of the audience with John Travolta piloting the plane they’re flying in. Other than the large goodbye productions, Oprah’s website Oprah.com also started featuring the show’s highlights.
One such feature is the list “Memorable Oprah Show Moments Through the Years”. Included in list are Barrack Obama when he was just a senator and Lindsay Lohan when she was just on the verge of becoming a hard-partying girl. Charice is number four on the list, and the caption on her photo tells the story of the girl who Oprah dubbed as the “most talented girl in the world”. With Charice appearing on Oprah countless times already, the unquestionably most memorable appearance of hers is, of course, the very first one – when “Charice was just a Newly Discovered Teenager“.
Charice Was Just a Newly Discovered Teenager
You might know Charice as the jaw-dropping voice behind foreign exchange student Sunshine Corazon on the musical TV series Glee, but before she hit primetime, Charice Pempengco was stunning Oprah Show viewers with her powerful pipes.
Charice’s dream of becoming a singer began halfway around the world in the Philippines. She found a following on the Internet after a stranger posted her performances on YouTube.
Oprah’s producers were among the 13 million people who logged on to watch the 16-year-old sensation sing songs made famous by artists like Celine Dion and Beyoncé. Then, in May 2008, Charice flew 15 hours to showcase her talent on The Oprah Show. She stole the show with a soul-stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
Charice’s voice wasn’t the only thing that impressed Oprah. “One of the things I love most about Charice is that no matter what obstacles she’s faced in her life, she’s never given up on her dream of something better,” Oprah said.
Over the next few years, Charice’s career took off and her dreams came true. She continued to appear on The Oprah Show, updating fans on her performances with Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and Celine Dion.
Aside from her guest spot on Glee, Oprah’s “most talented girl in the world” released her debut album in May, 2010.
Another list on Oprah.com where Charice is featured is the “14 Stories of Overcoming the Odds”. Having Charice as a mononym might just seem as a wise career move to the average person, but what many do not know is that Charice’s last name is the last name of her father. A father that was physically abusive and who deserted his family, which left Charice, her mother and brother in deep poverty. Looking now at the widely successful Charice, there is no doubt that a spot on the list of “14 Stories of Overcoming the Odds” is deserved by the “Singing Sensation Charice”.
Singing Sensation Charice
Charice overcame a tumultuous childhood in the Philippines to fulfill her dream of becoming a singer. When she was 3 years old, Charice says she remembers seeing her father fly into a fit of rage. She says she watched as he choked and attacked her mother. Charice and her mother escaped with their lives, but they struggled to keep themselves afloat financially. In an effort to help support her family, Charice entered singing contests—which is how she caught her big break. A stranger posted one of her jaw-dropping performances on YouTube, and Oprah’s producers were among the 13 million people who logged on to watch the 16-year-old sing songs made famous by artists like Celine Dion and Beyoncé.
In May 2008, Charice flew 15 hours to showcase her talent on The Oprah Show. She stole the show with a soul-stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and she has been blowing away her fans ever since.
No matter how you shuffle or jumble up Charice’s life story, there is no way anyone can say that the Oprah Show has not been an important part – it can even be described as a turning point in Charice’s life. Her singing on that show was supposed to be a one-time feature but her talent shone through and captured Oprah’s heart. And that was the start of Charice’s mentorship with David Foster, being signed to Reprise Records, and singing with Celine Dion at the Madison Square Garden.
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com
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