YOUNG Charlie Green got a taste of what life is like for an internationally-renowned celebrity when he got mobbed by thousands of adoring fans while he was on a three-week tour of the Philippines.
The 11-year-old singing sensation has just returned home to Droitwich after appearing on 15 television shows, performing in concerts and cabaret, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Dad Roger said: “It was ridiculous. He is big news out there, and all because of the internet. It’s absolutely crazy.”
Mr Green said although Charlie was on a punishing schedule he had enjoyed it.
“It was hectic,” he said. “We didn’t have a day off. I think Charlie did 15 television shows and he was learning new stuff, which is all good but it can be a bit tiring for an 11-year-old.”
We previously reported how Charlie, who attends Westacre Middle School, had been booked to go on a promotional tour of his mum Cecille’s native country by television network ABS-CBN after he shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in the spring.
Mr Green said the whole trip had been a “surreal” experience.
“They decided not to advertise when he was coming into the country,” he said. “They still had television cameras there though and when we got to the hotel we had a red carpet and beautiful girls put garlands on us and all that stuff.
“Charlie was fine though. He just takes it with a pinch of salt. Wherever we went he was mobbed, but we had the security to keep the crowds away.
“We would go in a shopping mall and as soon as somebody recognised him everybody came down and were like bees around a honeypot. They were all very nice though. We got a taste of what it is like for some people every day.”
Mr Green said Charlie had really enjoyed his trip and had improved as a performer as a result of it.
He said the tour was so successful that Charlie, who is currently learning the main language of the Philippines, Tagalog, has already been asked to go back again in December for Christmas celebrations where he will star in his own concert on New Year’s Eve at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
“They also want Charlie to do some recording and maybe a film but he’s still at school which is a problem,” he said.
Charlie is now planning a three-day trip to Canada to do a concert at the end of September.