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Pinoy Pride! Ellen DeGeneres invites blind Filipino balladeer to her show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has introduced us to a variety of young talents who either had us watching in admiration or holding onto our seats, laughing at their hilarious responses while being interviewed. But more than just making its viewers smile, the show also gives aspiring artists an incredible opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider set of audiences—and open the potential to kickstart their careers.

In the case of budding Filipino talents, it seems like Ellen has become an avid fan. From Charice Pempengco to the TNT Boys, the American TV host and comedian has never failed to spot unique Filipino talents and invite them to her show. Now, it looks like another young and aspiring artist will be added to the guest list. 

Ellen has reportedly invited the Philippines’ blind balladeer, Carlmalone “Carl” Montecido, to guest on her show. The invitation came after a video of Montecido singing a cover of Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” went viral on social media.

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Young Talent

Carl Montecido Tawag ng Tanghalan
Screenshot of Carl Montecido performing at It’s Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 1.

Just like all aspiring artists in the country, Carl has joined a lot of singing contests before his stars aligned. He was a finalist of the first season of Tawag ng Tanghalan—a singing competition hosted by ABS-CBN’s noontime show, “It’s Showtime.” He was also among the top 64 finalists of the 2nd season of GMA’s talent show, “The Clash.”

But it was only recently when Carl caught the attention of the world. On February 5, a video of him singing in a mall while wearing his school uniform immediately went viral on social media. As of writing, the post has already garnered more than 10 million views and 394,573 shares.

The viral video caught the attention of singer-songwriters Sam Smith and Kelly Clarkson. Smith tweeted the video with the caption, “WHO IS THIS KID!!!!!? YOU ARE OUT OF THIS UNIVERSE WHOEVER YOU ARE.”

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Pinoy Pride

A lot of Filipino singers and dancers have been featured in the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the past. Some of them include Marcelito Pomoy, Arnel Pineda, Charice Pempengco (now Jake Zyrus), Noah Ascano, Kai Langer, Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong, AC Bonifacio and Lucky Ancheta, Rhap Salazar, Zendee Tenerefe, and Maria Aragon.


Text by Mark Baccay.

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