Filipina singer Charice has had one of the most spectacular and fast-rising careers of recent years. The petite songstress had her first stab at fame in 2005 with Little Big Star, a Philippines equivalent of American Idol, but fell foul of the voting process, finishing third. It seemed as though her own star had fallen until YouTube videos of her live performances were uploaded by a fan; these clocked in millions of hits, making her a genuine internet phenomenon.
That resulted in the singer, then just 14, performing on South Korean talent show Star King, videos of which again made it onto YouTube. There they were seen by US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Charice out to perform on the show. That in turn led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, performances with her idols Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli and, er, a spot in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Well, you can’t win them all.
The upshot is that she’s headlining Rhythm ’N’ Voices, a Filipino music festival, at Festival City this week. There she’ll be joined by pop star Billy Crawford and, hopefully, no chipmunks.