Blind Pinay singer set for TV debut
MANILA -- A blind 11-year-old girl singing "Wrecking Ball" in a viral video said she is gearing up for her TV debut, amid growing interest among netizens for her to perform on popular talk shows here and abroad.
Joyce Jimenez, who hails from Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, made headlines last week when a video of her singing the Miley Cyrus hit made the rounds online.
It has since garnered hundreds of thousands of "likes," shares and views on Facebook and YouTube, with several netizens bringing the video to the attention of the American talk program "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and the local late-night hit "Gandang Gabi Vice."
"Ito po ay isang sorpresa at masaya po ako," Jimenez told ABS-CBN News' Francis Magbanua in a phone interview on Wednesday.
"Mag-eensayo po ako nang mabuti para sa susunod na mga pag-guest po sa mga shows," she said, when asked how she is preparing for a possible television debut.
Asked how her life has changed since her video went viral, Jimenez said, "Naging sikat na po ako rito."
The Grade 5 pupil, who is said to be at the top of her class, said she only dreams of becoming a professional singer "para makatulong sa pamilya [ko]."
Should Jimenez appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," it won't be the first time Filipino talents will be featured on the internationally aired program.
In September, B'laan cousins Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong had a sit-down interview with DeGeneres and performed their famous rendition of "Dance With My Father," which also went viral online.
Charice Pempengco, who also began as a YouTube sensation, marked the start of her international career when she performed on the talk show in December 2007.
Singers Rhap Salazar and Zendee Tenerefe also debuted on American TV when DeGeneres invited them at different times to perform on her show in late 2012. -- With a report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News