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Charice's scenes in 'Glee' cut due to rivalry with Lea Michele?

August 24, 2011 11:10am

Tags: Charice , Glee
Were the scenes of the little lady with a big voice Charice Pempengco in the hit television series "Glee" cut to avoid upsetting the show's star Lea Michele?

A New York Post report on August 23 quoted a show source as saying, "Charice was signed for a minumun of five episodes and did a press junket with Chord Overstreet. She has a big debut, but things changed and they didn't put her back in. The word is, Lea is the big star, and producers want to keep her happy."

However, a "Glee" spokesman denied rumors of a rivalry.

"While it is true that she [Charice] appeared in fewer episodes last year than we originally anticipated, this was due to her busy schedule and the natural creative process in which some story arcs ... did not materialize as planned," the New York Post report said.

"Lea is a consummate pro who couldn’t be more welcoming of other powerhouse singers on the show, from Kristin Chenoweth to Idina Menzel, who is set to reprise her role as Rachel’s birth mom this fall," the report added.

Charice was first introduced in the pilot episode of Glee's second season last September.

The international singing sensation plays Sunshine Corazon, an exchange student who, like the real Charice, is Filipino, demure, and of course, sings like an angel.

Charice was a hit, both as herself and as Sunshine. In real life, Pinoy audiences went wild over her Glee debut, and in the show, McKinley High's Glee club coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) welcomed her to his group, New Directions.

However, the lead singer Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) felt threatened, and a rivalry ensues.

Could the rivalry exist offscreen, as well?

On Twitter, Lea and Charice are friendly.

Last March, Lea even tweeted a warm welcome to Charice, with a photo of the two.

"She is such a sweet girl. I was scared at first of her. When I came back to the show, she immediately said, “Hi Charice! We missed you so much!" Then she took a picture with me," said Charice of Lea in an earlier interview.

Negative reactions

Fans reacted negatively to the rumors about the supposed rivalry between the two actresses.

"That's sooo mean!! >_<" says castergurl on Twitter. "This is a disturbing article about Glee and @officialcharice...that's Show Business!" said secretquark.

Sergiobichao observes, "real-life imitates art."

People also expressed their views in the article's comment thread.

"If Charice was American, she would be the star of the show. She can blow away any singer out there. She's the best singer to come along in quite some time," said John Michael.

Anthony Agpaoa disagreed, pointing out that nationality has nothing to do with it.

"Glee is notorious for having a hectic schedule. During Glee filming, Charice was in the midst of the David Foster & Friends touring the US and Asia, her solo tour in Japan, numerous holiday shows and appearances including NBC Christmas at Rockefeller, and promoting cross country and internationally her album. IT's a wonder she had time to squeeze in 3 episodes at all for Glee," he said. - VVP, GMA News
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