Oprah once called Charice the most talented girl in the world. David Foster likens her to a young Celine Dion. And to hear Glee creator Ryan Murphy tell it, "When that girl opens her mouth, angels fly out."
But in early March, during her first day back on the set of Glee after an eight-month absence, Charice was anxious, singing superstar or not.
"I forgot to put my Band-Aids on, because when I get nervous... look at that," she says, displaying her wrecked nails and peeled fingertips just minutes before she's set to take the stage in McKinley High's auditorium. "Right now, it's getting to me. The singing is fine, but the acting scenes? That's when I freak out."
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Hal Sparks, Wayne Brady, Lucy Lawless and Carly Patterson, Celebrity Duets
You've seen them dance. You've seen them lose weight. You've even seen them ice-skate. Now it's time for celebrities to grab a mike and start singing. The contestants on Fox's Celebrity Duets will have a little help from well-known recording artists such as Clint Black, Macy Gray and Chaka Khan, so we're hoping the audience will be spared the torture of another William Hung. But with Simon Cowell wearing the executive-producer hat, anything is possible.
The show (premiering Aug. 29) is hosted by Wayne Brady and features eight celebrity "nonsingers" — wrestling champion Chris Jericho, actress Lea Thompson, Queer Eye lifestyle expert Jai Rodriguez, Xena's Lucy Lawless, actor Cheech Marin, Olympian gymnast Carly Patterson, Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro and comedian Hal Sparks. The warbling wannabes will be competing for $100,000, to be donated to the
Little Richard is a big get for Simon's Celebrity Duets.
As reported earlier this week, Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, WWE champ Chris Jericho, Olympian Carly Patterson, Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro, Queer Eye's Jai Rodriguez, Hal Sparks and Back to the Future's