Charice says "Glee" is invaluable for Internet artists

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 18, 2011 4:07 PM

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Filipino music sensation Charice said on Monday that the launch-pad that TV show "Glee" offers to Internet artists is invaluable.

The 18-year-old singer, who rose to fame through a series of YouTube videos and was brought to the United States by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, told reporters during a conference call Monday that the Fox musical dramedy serves as an important platform for performers looking to translate Internet fame to a broader audience.

"I think that's one of "Glee's goals: To help other teenagers to make their dreams come true," said Charice, who joins series regular Darren Criss as performers whose careers have gone more mainstream after appearing on the show.

Charice, whose YouTube videos have more than 61 million views, said that the exposure on "Glee" has built upon the boost she received after appearing in December 2007 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Oprah Winfrey has also dubbed the young talent "the most talented girl in the world."

" 'Glee' is one of the best things (for exposure)," said the singer who first appeared on the TV show in September. "A lot of people recognize me right now -- 'I know you, I think I've seen you on Glee.' Glee really helped me, my career and my life."

Charice will sing Celine Dion's "All By Myself" when "Glee" returns Tuesday on Fox. Her new single "Before It Explodes," written and produced by Bruno Mars, bowed in the United States on Monday.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)