Charice’s singing ability is nothing short (no pun intended) of amazing. When word got around that she will be joining the cast of Glee, the response was very positive and not only Filipinos eagerly awaited for her debut on the highly popular show. So when Season 2 started airing yesterday (Sept. 21 in the US) on Philippine cable TV, the whole country watched in awe as the pint-sized Filipina held her own against lead actress Lea Michele (playing Rachel Berry) in two highlights of the first episode. The first was when her character – Sunshine Corazon – ‘dueled’ with Rachel Berry inside the washroom as they sang the Lady Gaga/Beyonce hit “Telephone”, while the second saw her formally auditioning to the McKinley High Glee Club with the Beyonce song “Listen” from Dreamgirls.
I must admit getting goosebumps watching Charice hitting one money note after another. For those who missed it or want to watch again, here’s the video…
video courtesy of YouTube/CHARICEVEVO
Here’s the one where she ‘dueled’ with Lea Michele on the song “Telephone”…
video courtesy of YouTube/Meowchy06
Knowing now that Sunshine Corazon’s character has been ‘intercepted’ by the Director of Vocal Adrenaline, it paves the way for more vocal drama between her and Rachel Berry in the weeks to come, especially when their singing competitions reach the regionals in New York. But that also means less of Charice in the next few episodes or so, not until the need to ignite the battle between New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline begins. I was half-hoping that Sunshine will eventually be wooed back to rejoin the lead cast in their school, but I don’t see that happening just yet.
To Charice, excellent job! You did not disappoint. More! More! More! 😉
The moment Charice twitted her confirmation (@OfficialCharice “It’s official.I’m on Glee (next season) but when the rumor came out, it wasn’t true”) as the new cast member of “Glee” next season, not only the whole Philippines rejoiced. Her fans and supporters around the world reacted with more than glee. And since the good news spread like wildfire, this blog update is just joining the bandwagon of happiness.
Here’s an excerpt from the report of Andrea Reiher in the zap2it blog:
In the world of “Glee” …
Charice, or Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, the internationally-known pop star from the Philippines, will be joining the “Glee” kids of McKinley High in a recurring guest role in Season 2, FOX confirms to Zap2it. She’s got some pretty decent vocal chops (Oprah once called her the most talented girl in the world), so we can’t wait to see her go up against Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry.
In other “Glee’ news, creator Ryan Murphy is dispelling the notion of any “Glee” movies coming to the big screen. Murphy tells EW, “There will be no ‘Glee’ movie in the foreseeable future. Despite overtures, I and the studio have decided we want to put our energy into the second season with no distractions for the cast.”
It was recently revealed that the “Glee” actors all have a clause in their contracts for up to three feature length movies. But Murphy just said “foreseeable future” …
So you’re saying there’s a chance!
Charice auditioned for the role alright. Her Philippine manager might have spoken too soon a couple of months back, but now it’s for real! The international singer will be playing a recurring part as a foreign exchange student who will give lead star Lea Michele (Rachel Berry on ‘Glee’) some heavy vocal competition.
Lea Michele will face some competition from our very own Charice in 'Glee' next season.
Congratulations, Charice! This is another HUGE feather on your cap! 😉