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.
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.