Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rhap Salazar Brings Home the 2009 WCOPA Junior Grand Champion Performer of the Word Title

Rhap Salazar wins the top award in the 13th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, California on July 17.

ABS-CBN's Little Big Star Brightest Star Rhap won the coveted titles of Junior Grand Champion Solo Vocalist of the World and Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World.

Twelve-year-old Rhap sang a one-minute version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself" at the final show.

WCOPA Philippine National Director Carlo Orosa narrated, "Hours before the finals, Rhap's voice was getting tired due to extensive rehearsals for two straight days. He did everything to conserve his voice. Despite the odds, he gave a stellar performance worthy of the top prizes in the junior division. The American judges were simply blown away by his soaring vocals."

The judges at the grand finals were composed of high profile agents, record and television producers, choreographers, and Disney theme park directors in California and New York.

Aside from Rhap, the vocal quartet The Young Voices of Negros won the title Junior Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World.

On their part, The Young Voices of Negros (Katrina, Kristina, Aissa and Kristopherson Madrigal) performed a highly polished rendition of "And I Am Telling You" from the musical Dreamgirls, in four-part harmony.

WCOPA's newest junior champions Rhap and The Young Voices of Negros will be featured on ABC's Good Morning America through the "My Life in Three Words" segment.

Watch below Rhap Salazar�s performances at this year�s WCOPA:

Rhap Salazar - All By Myself

Rhap Salazar - Reach

Rhap Salazar - I'll Be There

Rhap Salazar - And I'm Telling You

Rhap Salazar - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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