A documentary on the life of transman and singer Jake Zyrus entitled “Jake and Charice” has been nominated in the best arts programming category at the 2020 International Emmy Awards.
The international singer shared the news on Instagram on Thursday, September 25.
“Surreal. Thank you @iemmys – It’s an honor,” Zyrus wrote.
The nominees were announced on September 24 by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“Jake and Charice” will compete against “Vertige de la Chute (Ressaca)” from France, “Refavela 40” from Brazil, and “Why Do We Dance?” from the United Kingdom.
In June, the documentary also won the Gold Camera award for the documentary under the social issues category of the US International Film and Video Festival.
“Jake and Charice” features the coming out journey of Jake and how his decision to be who he wants to be changed his life.
Tokyo-based NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Documentary Japan in association with NHK Enterprises, and ABS-CBN produced the documentary.
Jake and Charice
The winners of the 2020 International Emmy Awards would be announced on November 23, 2020.
Zyrus was born as Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco in Cabuyao, Laguna province, Philippines, and was raised by single mother, Racquel. To help support the family, Zyrus began to enter singing contests at the age of seven, from town fiestas in various provinces to singing competitions on TV, eventually competing in almost a hundred such tournaments.
In 2007, after some appearances on Philippine television, Zyrus sang on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the following year, he made several international television appearances, including on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
He then began performing in concerts with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli, among others. Zyrus released the studio album, Charice, in 2010; it entered the Billboard 200 at number eight, making it the first album of an Asian solo singer ever to land in the Top 10. The single “Pyramid” from that album, featuring singer Iyaz.
Crossing over to acting on television, he joined the cast of TV series Glee later in 2010 as Sunshine Corazon.
In an interview with Papermag, he said, “I am always thankful for the life of Charice that I experienced and the music that I shared, but that obviously belongs to her, it’s not for me. I’m letting her go and be free.”