Charice is no exception. A mere third placer in ABS-CBN's hit talent show Little Big Star, it took a Korean talent show to pull her out from under the noses of the inbred, tunnel-visioned Philippine showbiz industry and, along with the help of two hit YouTube video placements, get her noticed by the likes of Ellen de Generes, Oprah Winfrey, and Celine Dion.
On another note, with due respect to my key reference on the subject of Charice, I'd like to correct this passage from their article...
If your [Charice's] album does become a big seller in the U.S., you'll become the first Asian ever to become a major pop singer here. There hasn't even been one who was born here, let alone from another country.
Actually, top hip hop group Black Eyed Peas co-founder Allan Pineda Lindo a.k.a Apl.de.Ap is a born-and-bred Angeles City native who arrived to live permanently in the U.S. at the age of fourteen at first barely able to speak a word of English (but is fluent in Tagalog and Kapampangan, the native dialect spoken in Angeles City).