Charice wows crowd in Las Vegas charity concert
International young diva Charice nearly blew the roof off Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with her performance during the “David Foster & Friends” concert on May 9.
Foster, the legendary composer and music producer, and international artist Cher introduced the “next superstar singer from the Philippines” on stage.
Charice belted out Celine Dion hits like “Power of Love” and “All By Myself” and a medley of songs from the popular film "Bodyguard." An estimated 12,000 people, mostly Filipinos, were up on their feet dancing and cheering as Charice sang Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive," a song she described as the national anthem of women.
Clay Aiken, Donny Osmond, Brian McKnight and Paul Anka also performed in the charity concert.
The Filipino singer’s performance at the Mandalay Bay has been uploaded on video-sharing Web site YouTube. It drew more than 10,000 hits and praises from people across the globe.
“Yeah, I enjoyed [it] so much and it was an energetic and powerful performance. What else can I say but it was a Wowerr!!!!” commented naldzki.
JoBan08 wrote: “Woooah!!! that's what you call an ENTERTAINER... it seems like it was her own concert rather than David..lol.”
“What more can we all say . . . Charice is truly magnificent, and she is still getting better with every performance. Imagine two of ‘The Top 5 Divas’ in the world [Celine, now Cher] - Introducing Charice? - What else is there to say, girl? more blessings. . we know you will be amongst them - soon, Take Care! GOD BLESS!!” said teng1957.
Meanwhile, during the show, Charice thanked Foster and Oprah Winfrey, two influential people who are behind the singer’s international career.
"Speaking of power, I would like to mention these people who are very special in my life. First, he is my fan, my producer, my mentor. He taught me a lot of things and of course he is my hero -- David Foster. And of course I wanna thank Oprah and Lisa for believing in my dreams and of course believing in me. Thank you so much. I love you both," Charice said.
Also in time for Mother's Day, Charice did not forget to greet all the mothers in the world, especially her mom, Racquel.
"There's nothing more powerful than the love from my mom. I will always cherish her every single day. Mommy, I love you so much and Happy Mother's Day," Charice said.
Charice also acknowledged her Filipino fans who were present in the concert.
This is the second time that the young singer performed at Mandalay Bay for the “David Foster & Friends” show. Last year, she was also part of the charity concert. The proceeds from the concert would go to The David Foster Foundation, which helps children who are in need of organ transplants.
Charice met Foster last year in Los Angeles when she appeared on “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” They flew together to Las Vegas on a private jet to watch the farewell show of Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau