MANILA, Philippines – Internet sensation Zendee Rose Tenerefe, who was one tagged as the “random girl” in YouTube videos showing her singing at various malls, said she considers it an honor perform for American TV personality Ellen Degeneres.
Fresh from her guesting at Degeneres’ show, Tenerefe arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Manila on Sunday morning.
Tenerefe said her experience in the United States was something she will never forget.
“Masaya po napakabait po nila doon. Iba na po 'yung feeling kapag nag-perform ka na po doon parang wala ka na sa sarili. Thankful pa din ako siyempre kahit papaano may [naka-appreaciate] naman sa tallent ko,” she said.
According to Tenerefe, she became really emotional when Degeneres hugged her after her performance.
“Actually po nung kumakanta po ako parang gusto ko na rin pong umiyak kasi 'yung mga tao umiiyak... Doon na ako umiyak nung niyakap na ako ni Ellen,” she narrated.
She said she also considers it an honor to be able to perform outside the country.
According to Tenerefe, Degeneres gave her a “karaoke” and the new iPad.
Aside from Degeneres, the 24-year-old singer also met Hollywood actress Halle Berry backstage.
“Doon po sa backstage si Halle Berry, nakita niya po ako tapos sabi niya ‘Hey Zendee, finally I met you in person.’ Niyakap niya po ako mga six seconds tapos kinilig ako grabe,” she shared.
Tenerefe is currently recording an album under the Warner Music Group.
She rose to fame when a video of her singing the "Dreamgirls" hit "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was posted on the video-sharing site early this year.