Over the past few weeks, American TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest has been running an online competition, where contestants from around the globe submitted a YouTube video of themselves singing a cover of a song by boy band and British teen sensations, One Direction.
The public was then invited to vote for their favourite, and week-by-week some artists and their videos where voted out, whilst others would continue through to the next round.
One of the contestants who went very far in the competition was a young South African, from Joburg, but living right here on our doorstep in Cape Town. Her name: Filipa Alexandra.
I remember the first time I heard Filipa’s incredibly powerful voice in October last year, when she played on Ryan O’Connor’s radio show.
The song he played was her first cover, released just a few days earlier, which was Maroon 5’s ‘Love Somebody’. Let me tell you, when I heard that track I got loads of goose bumps, and I knew at that point that this relatively unknown artist at the time was destined for big things.
Don’t believe me? Scroll back through my Twitterfeed and you’ll see.
Back to the Seacrest competition: earlier on I may have lied to you just a wee bit, because Filipa didn’t just go “very far”- she actually made it through to the final round with her cover of the track ‘Story of My Life’.
The results of the finals were announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning, (South African time), and guess what? Filipa Alexandra came in first place! Yup, she outsang all the other contestants (the other finalists were ‘X-Factor UK’s’ twins Jedward and ‘X-Factor US’ finalist Josh Levi) and took the crown. How awesome is that?
Since her entry into the competition, it’s been a whirlwind for the 18 year old.
I think she’s been on just about every radio station in the country, has made TV appearances, and has gained a rather big fan base – and I think that this is just the beginning of her journey.
Many stars have become majorly successful thanks to people seeing the covers of songs on YouTube – Justin Bieber and Karmin just being two examples – and I think with Filipa, it’s just a matter of time until she blows up and becomes an even bigger star.
By the way, if you haven’t checked out her videos yet, you can rectify the situation by heading over to her YouTube channel at youtube.com/FilipaCovers.
Gig-wise this weekend, I’ve got you covered. (Please excuse my bad pun.)
On Friday, February 21 Ann Jangle will be performing live at Truth Coffee HQ on 36 Buitenkant Street.
Jangle’s style is somewhat ominous, slightly dark, has a theatrical groove and is soulful, and I think the setting (which is seriously cool – if you haven’t been), is perfect to experience this unique artist. It all kicks off at 6pm and for more details, call 021 200 0440.
Saturday, February 22 will see aKING, The Plastics, Al Bairre, The Ballistics, The Robfather and Roastin’ Records perform at the Side Show, 11 Mechau Street.
The evening promises to rock into the early morning hours and be nothing but awesome.
It all starts at 9pm, and tickets are R40 if bought prior to the event at Quicket.co.za, or R50 at the door before 10pm; R60 after 10pm, and VIP is R100.
Then on Sunday, February 23 McCree will be hosting one of their very popular acoustic sessions at Hillcrest Quarry. Expect a showcase of songs from their current album ‘Hopes and Dreams’, as well as songs from their upcoming EP.
The show will start at 3pm, tickets are R50, and booking is essential: 021 978 4959.