By Night Owl on 8:15 AM
“Welcome to the Glee club!" With these words, McKinley High’s Glee club coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) invites Filipina exchange student Sunshine Corazon to join his group, New Directions. He has been suitably impressed, after hearing Sunshine's soaring vocals in a rendition of the song “Listen," originally sung by Beyoncé. One member of the team, however, is less than enthused about the whole thing. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), lead singer of New Directions, sits with a forced smile throughout Sunshine’s audition, despite the standing ovation and wholehearted approval from everyone else in the group. Sunshine Corazon is played, of course, by Pinay singing sensation Charice Pempengco, who has gained international fame through appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show, the release of her hit single “Pyramid," and collaborations with Celine Dion and other big names in the music industry.
Charice made her debut in the first episode of Glee, season 2, in black-framed glasses and pigtails, a petite girl with an astonishingly full voice. She is set to be a recurring character on the show. The Glee season 2 premier aired in the Philippines on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the ETC cable channel, with a replay in the evening on free television.
The season 2 premier of the hit show has been highly anticipated, in large part due to the scheduled appearance of Charice as a rival of the competitive and confident lead character, Rachel. The episode, titled “Audition," centers around the efforts of Schuester to recruit new members when the budget of the glee club is slashed by the school administration. While putting up posters in the girls’ bathroom inviting students to join, Rachel notices Sunshine. “You're from the Philippines, where it's sunny everyday," Rachel says brightly. “Except for the monsoons," Sunshine points out. Rachel is astounded when Sunshine, in earphones, begins singing along to the pop song “Telephone," popularized by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Rachel starts singing too, but the duet makes it clear that her role as the star of New Directions is threatened by Sunshine's voice. Later, Rachel complains to the other members of the Glee club. "There is a new student at this school named Sunshine who is a Filipino and is shorter than me, which I didn't think was possible, and is very unnerving." Reluctantly, Rachel adds, “And she has a remarkable voice."
After Rachel hatches a couple of plots to sabotage Sunshine’s audition, including sending her to a crack house, their rivalry culminates with the acceptance of Sunshine into the Glee club. But there are twists in the episode which dashes Schuester’s hopes of gaining valuable new additions to his group.—Larissa Mae Suarez/JV, GMANews.TV