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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Charice Will Join Glee next Season-Another Rumor?

This news article appears in the Philippine Inquirer today. If this is true Charice will be an asset to one of my favorite TV show. If you have not heard of Glee, you must be residing in another planet. This article states that Charice confirms joining Glee cast as guests star this next season in a few episodes. The story line for Charice is perfect. She will be a foreign student whose voice is so good that that leading character Rachel ( Lea Michele) is ready to kill her. I am looking forward for Glee's next season.

"It’s been almost a month since the INQUIRER broke the news, through its online edition Inquirer.net, that international pop star Charice Pempengco is set to join the cast of the hit TV musical-comedy-drama series “Glee” in the United States.

Instantaneously it became a hot topic in the Internet.

But on the same day (May 25) the report came out, Charice’s US manager and the Filipina singer herself issued denials, saying it was just a rumor.

On Tuesday, the Internet was again abuzz with blog posts quoting the US magazine Entertainment Weekly’s website, Ew.com, that Charice is “signed, sealed, and delivered to recur next season as a foreign exchange student whose killer vocals get Rachel (Lea Michele) contemplating murder.”

FilipinOnline, the blog of Southern California-based freelance writer Yong Chavez, quoted Charice’s US press agent Karen Moss: “Charice will have a recurring role. Multiple episodes.”

According to Chavez, “the star’s mother, Raquel Pempengco, also confirmed the good news via text.”

Charice, who has been traveling to Europe—she was recently in France, and is currently in England—to promote her self-titled US debut album, posted this message on her Twitter account: “It’s official. I’m on Glee (next season) but [there is] a story behind it. When d rumor came out, it wasn’t true. But then after that, I tried to audition. And I made it! Let’s party!”

The INQUIRER tried to reach her New York-based publicist, Liz Rosenberg for a comment, but calls were unanswered.

While Charice still calls the initial report as “rumor,” the INQUIRER—which has been proven right after all — would rather term it as premature announcement. In any case, all’s well that ends well and surely her fans worldwide would be looking forward to watch “Glee’s” new season.

But what is it about “Glee” that got Charice all excited when she first dropped hints in local TV interviews on her impending appearance on the Fox series?

The story of a show choir called New Directions set in a fictional high school in Ohio, “Glee” features relatively new actors with minimal experience in musical theater; others in the cast only had straight acting backgrounds, while one was a former member of a boy band.

The show itself is new, its first season having debuted on the Fox channel on Sept. 9, 2009.

The main reason it’s been attracting a lot of viewers—estimated at 13.7 million in a recent episode—is the music, which is comprised mostly of chart hits personally chosen by one of the show’s creators, Ryan Murphy.

Musical segments are executed in the form of stage performances, something which Charice would certainly be at home with.

Songs covered in the show are commercially released on iTunes during the week of broadcast.

In 2009 “Glee” had 25 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart—including the cast performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ which had more than 500,000 digital sales. So far, songs from the show have registered 7 million downloads.

Columbia Records has put out five “Glee” soundtrack albums, three of which have topped the charts.

“Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna” and “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers,” released on April and May this year, respectively, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

“Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals,” released only this month, likewise shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The songs covered in these albums earn royalties for their composers, a happy development at a time when the worldwide record industry is doing quite poorly.

In fact, many songwriters have gladly allowed the show to use the entire catalogue of their works; Coldplay, a famous British alternative rock band, has recently offered its own catalogue after initially refusing to do so.

That is the background musical scenario that Charice will walk into when she starts shooting for season 2 of “Glee.”

She will definitely be an asset to the show, since she’s in the midst of a high-profile promotional blitz for her own album which has peaked at No. 8 on Billboard.

More than that, the show is expected to benefit her strategic ascent to pop stardom—a well-planned program with US handlers all answerable to Charice’s behind-the-scenes benefactor and, in her own words, “second mother,” Oprah Winfrey ".

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