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Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco; May 10, 1992), who performed under the mononym Charice until his gender transition to male, is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through You Tube.
Zyrus was dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as "the most talented girl in the world" (before his transition), and released the international studio album Charice in 2010.
In March 2012, Zyrus signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor, which began airing on ABS-CBN in June of that year.
In May 2015, Zyrus reunited with former mentor David Foster by performing a version of Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" on Asia's Got Talent.
The Philippine debut album Charice was released in May 2008; this mini album, consisting of six songs and six backing tracks, was awarded gold certification in the Philippines in October 2008, and reached platinum status in 2009.
Zyrus appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the episode "World's Smartest Kids", where performing Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing".
Eliminated after the first performance, Zyrus was called back as a wildcard contender and eventually became one of the finalists.
Although a consistent top scorer in the final rounds, Zyrus did not win the title in the finale, only placing third.
One of the singers at the concert was Pempengco's idol, Andrea Bocelli.
This album entered the Billboard 200 at number eight, making it the first album of an Asian solo singer ever to land in the Top 10.
The single "Pyramid", featuring singer Iyaz, is Zyrus's most successful single to date, charting within the Top 40 in a number of countries after its debut live performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Zyrus was invited to perform for the Feyenoord's Centennial Anniversary in the Netherlands held on September 26 of the same year, singing the team's anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone" in front of a crowd of about 50,000 football (soccer) fans In a guest appearance on the "Dreams Come True" episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 9, Oprah referred to Zyrus as "The Most Talented Girl in the World." After singing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" with David Foster on piano, Zyrus was surprised by Celine Dion's appearance via satellite, at Oprah's invitation, inviting Pempengco to sing a special duet at New York City's Madison Square Garden as part of Dion's Taking Chances Tour.
The promised duet took place on September 15, dedicating "Because You Loved Me" to Pempengco's mother.