Ellen Zendee Rose Tenerefe Performs And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going

Ellen: Zendee Rose Tenerefe

Have you seen the video of the young women in a mall wearing a Superman T-shirt and belting out the lyrics to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You“? If you have not, take a minute, go to YouTube and search “random girl sings I Will Always Love You.” I’ll wait.

Ellen: Zendee Rose Tenerefe - "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

Ellen invites 21-year old YouTube sensation Zendee Rose Tenerefe to perform for the first time in the United States. She sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,'”by Jennifer Hudson.
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Good video right? Well that young 21-year old YouTube superstar is Zendee Rose Tenerefe, and she stopped by Ellen to talk about the video.

Ellen: Zendee Rose Tenerefe Viral Video

Zendee Rose Tenerefe, who is from the Phillipines, said she would go to the mall all the time and sing on the karaoke machine. Her family is very poor, so poor in fact they had to live in a fire station. But during the day, when the station is open, Zendee would go to the mall to hang out because it was free.

But after the video went viral she was signed to a record deal instantly. She said she is going to use the money to buy a house for her family and to help her aunt pay for her cousins to go back to school, which they had to drop out of due to not having enough money to pay for school.

Ellen: Zendee Rose Tenerefe’s Debut American Performance

She debuted her first televised performance in America by singing Jennifer Hudson’s song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

After the performance, Zendee was so happy she began to cry. Ellen even gave her a karaoke machine to take home with her. Watch the performance below and let us know what you thought in the comment section below.

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After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Journalism and Anthropology, I managed a pizza place for a year, while freelancing for various newspapers in the area. Working every weekend in sauna like conditions, never being able to take a day off and being covered in flour is something I will not miss. I hope Recapo has air conditioning.

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