Fox’s “Glee” reportedly cut down dramatically on the screen time and singing time for one big-voiced diva during the past season to avoid upsetting another one. According to a source, Charice Pempengco had her vocal numbers cut back to avoid upsetting Lea Michele, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
Pempengco plays Sunshine Corazon, an exchange student who competes against Rachel Berry, played by Michele. Pempengco’s scenes were cut after she and Michele recorded their version of "Telephone," a hit song for Lady Gaga and Beyonce, for the season opener, the story says. The show’s producers are trying to keep Michele happy, the piece adds.
A "Glee" representative denied the report, saying, "While it is true that [Pempengco] 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. Lea is a consummate pro who couldn’t be more welcoming of other powerhouse singers on the show."
Michele has had only good things to say about Pempengco, saying recently: “She’s definitely the tiniest ball of talent I’ve ever seen in my life. Charice is beyond talented!”
Part of the problem may be attributed to show creator Ryan Murphy, who raved about Pempengco during the season, saying: “She’s coming back for five episodes at the end of the year. Lots of big, big, big ballads for Charice.” Pempengco then resurfaced in a smaller role in only the final two episodes of the season, the story notes.