Charice Pempengco was living proof that dreams can come true. Before she was dubbed "the little girl with the big voice," the Filipina singer entered numerous talent shows in her native country and used her prize money to help lift her family up from poverty. She quickly rose to fame after videos of her singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (1982) went viral on YouTube. These performances attracted the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who immediately featured the Internet star on her daytime program in 2007. As she continued to gain exposure, Pempengco began racking up an enviable number of friends in high places, including media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who called Pempengco "the most talented girl in the world," and pop impresario David Foster, who produced her first international single, "Note to God" (2009). She also shared the stage with world-class performers like Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, all of whom marveled at her skill. After years of belting out Whitney Houston covers, Pempengco released her international debut album Charice (2010), which featured a radio-friendly mix of bouncy pop and R&B tunes. Fueled by the single "Pyramid," the album charted at No. 8, making Pempengco the first Asian singer to make it to Billboard's Top 10. Far from a one-note, she landed a recurring role on the popular Fox series "Glee" (2009-)5, a testament of Pempengco's prodigious natural talent and staying power as an international superstar.