When Charice meets Bruno Mars

One singing sensation’s reject is another’s hit single. Filipinos aren’t very familiar with Alexandra Burke, but the original singer of “Before It Explodes,” the carrier track of Charice’s upcoming second international album, is a big star in England (her song, “Hallelujah,” was UK’s top-selling single of 2008). She won the fifth edition of the Simon Cowell-produced British talent show, “The X Factor” (which debuts in the US on Fox and on GMA 7 this year).