To help support the family, Zyrus began to enter singing contests at the age of seven, from town fiestas in various provinces to singing competitions on TV,  eventually competing in almost a hundred such contests. 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. Only in did Zyrus gain worldwide recognition after an avid supporter, FalseVoice, started posting a series of performances on YouTube.
These videos received over 15 million hits, making Zyrus an internet sensation. He flew to the United States for the first time and performed two songs on the December 19, episode: The show was aired several times on PBS and other public television networks starting in December under the Great Performances banner.
Aside from the solo performance, Zyrus sang a duet of " The Prayer " with the famous tenor in front of more than 8, people. Oscar Night at Mr. The single was made available for digital download on the same day and debuted at 24 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, 44 on the Billboard Hot , 9 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart and 35 on the Canadian Hot Michael had seen videos of Zyrus dancing to his songs and said right away, "I want this kid".
When announcing this, Jake said "Yesterday morning, we were all shocked by the very sad news, the legendary pop singer Michael Jackson has gone away. Only two more weeks I was supposed to be with him on stage. We were going to perform Billie Jean. The Squeakquel , released in North America on December Charice and Infinity[ edit ] Zyrus in On January 23, , Zyrus appeared on Io Canto, a renowned singing competition in Italy, performing international standards and an Italian favorite called "Adagio" made popular by Lara Fabian , in Italian.
Zyrus' character Sunshine Corazon , an exchange student from the Philippines, presents lead character Rachel Berry played by Lea Michele with serious competition. In December of that year, Zyrus became Operation Smile's official Smile Ambassador, joining such celebrities as Jessica Simpson , Billy Bush , and Zachary Levi in the organization's global efforts to provide free surgeries to children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
On February 13, , Jake's music special Charice: From February 21 to 25, Zyrus embarked on a solo tour to Japan, performing in four shows held at three Zepp music halls, in Nagoya, Tokyo dates and Osaka. On January 18, , Zyrus launched a ten-city tour across Asia to promote the official release of the studio album, Infinity , due later in ; the tour began in March. Chapter 10 and Power of Two[ edit ] On June 8, , Zyrus revealed plans to release his third album in the Philippines entitled Chapter 10, containing covers of a few favorite modern songs, before heading back to Los Angeles to record more a new international album.
A Royal Family Tale. In interviews, Zyrus reported almost losing the role after publicly coming out as lesbian in Where Are They Now? Dre , Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. In an ABC News interview, David Foster mentioned Zyrus ability to mimic other people's voices, which, according to him, is a characteristic of good singers.