Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Directions,” and Mr. Shuester breaks the news: “Everyone, we have an exchange student from the Philippines, Rosario (not really the character’s name, but let’s pretend). Let’s see what she’s got.”
Then, she belts the Mariah Carey classic “Love Takes Time” probably starting another tribute episode. And, Rachel’s (Lea Michele) jaw drops and she sees that she now has fierce competition. This starts another face off, with Rosario’s powerful voice contrasting with Rachel’s flawless singing, and the rivalry (both on and off the stage) rages.
Forgive me Ryan Murphy, I couldn’t help coming up with my own plot for Charice Pempengco’s grand entrance on the superbly electrifying, immensely successful and insanely popular TV musical comedy. After all, this is the first time since Lea Salonga that a Filipina artist will make an appearance on a major US TV program (Lea gave a memorable performance on ‘E.R.’).
Charice’s appearance on “Glee” is reportedly what we just described—a Filipina exchange student who will be Rachel’s worst nightmare. Not only will she sing better, she may also win the hearts of Finn, Puck and Jesse (ok, that may be a stretch).
Charice herself confirmed it on her Twitter page and the famed Entertainment Weekly reported it on its website. Its “scoop” blog The Ausellio Files by Michael Ausellio posted:
“Sources confirm to me exclusively that the international pop star (Charice) is signed, sealed, and delivered to recur next season as a foreign exchange student whose killer vocals get Rachel (Lea Michele) contemplating murder.”
Charice also said she had auditioned for the part and was blessed to have been cast in the show. “Let’s Party!,” she tweeted.
The singing wonder, who also become the first Asian to debut in Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart with her first international album “Pyramid,” first denied the news that she would appear on “Glee,” after manager Grace Mendoza revealed it in a Philippine Daily Inquirer interview.
“I just want to let you all know, that it’s not true that I’m going to be on Glee,” she had first tweeted. But months after, when Ryan Murphy Productions had given her the nod, Charice is now set to invade US and international TV homes as well.
“Glee” is known to feature artists from various ethnicities. Charice’s appearance is certainly a big boost to showcase Filipino talent, considering the audience pull the show enjoys.
But, then again, while Charice may have the world on its feet with her amazing singing talent, the question remains whether she can cross thespic swords with these theater-honed, Hollywood-enhanced actors?
That surely would make-or-break her “Glee” stint, aside from of course the worldwide audience reception. But definitely, Filipinos will root for her, given how popular the show is in the Philippines.
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