SA girl wins Ryan Seacrest talent search

2014-02-18 11:04

South Africa’s own YouTube sensation, 18-year-old Filipa, has won the search for the best One Direction cover of the group’s smash hit, Story of My Life.

The competition, which began in January with 26 finalists, was driven by public voting and, each week, several contestants were eliminated.

Filipa walked away with top honours ahead of X Factor UK’s twins Jedward (who placed second) and X Factor US finalist Josh Levi (who placed third).

Filipa was approached by Ryan Seacrest’s production team and asked if she would enter the competition, which is run through the popular US radio personality’s website.

Said Filipa: “Winning this competition has been the highlight of my career so far and to have the support from the media and public in South Africa and overseas has been mind-blowing.”

Filipa recently moved to Cape Town to pursue her studies in performing arts. She matriculated from Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria last year.

The song was recorded and produced by South Africa’s finest producers, Brian O’Shea and Crighton Goodwill. Kyle White directed the music video.

Filipa’s debut original single is scheduled for release next month.

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