Teen wins U.S. contest

2014-02-19 00:00

A SOUTH African drama and music theatre student’s heartfelt cover of Story­ of My Life by the group One Direction has won an international online competition.

Filipa Carmo da Silva (18), from Centurion, entered the online competition, hosted by American radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest to look for the 26 best videos of people singing the hit by the group One Direction, about a month ago.

Her rendition of the song was deemed better than that of Jedward, the Irish duo who won the British talent competition The X-Factor . Her achievement was announced on Monday night, U.S. time, on Seacrest’s website.

“It was a big shock. … It was a big honour to get this far in a competition against people with large followings.”

Da Silva is currently working on her first single, and hopes to have it ready by next month.

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