Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), best known as Charice Pempengco, or simply Charice (a portmanteau of her first two names), is a Filipina international singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.
After a video of her singing the Dreamgirls anthem "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" became a hit on a Korean video sharing website, Charice was invited to the South Korean talent show Star King. On the October 13, 2007 show, her absolutely stellar performance just BLEW EVERYONE AWAY. She was only 15 years old at the time...
After seeing her Star King performance on YouTube, Ellen Degeneres was so impressed that she extended an on-air invitation for Pempengco to be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Pempengco flew to the United States for the first time and performed two songs on the December 19, 2007.
After her appearance on Ellen, Charice made a second appearance on South Korea's Star King as the "Most Requested Foreign Act" on the December 28, 2007.
I have to split this up to 3 parts, since there are a lot of clips I want to share with you. Stay tuned for Part 2, when she goes on Oprah!