What’s next for Filipa

1. You’ve had a couple of days to get used to winning this contest. How are you feeling now?

Fantastic! It has been so incredible! I am very tired and living on strong coffee, but I wouldn’t change that for the world!

2. Do you know what’s next? Prizes?

The prize is the accolade of winning and being featured on RyanSeacrest.com. A trip to LA would be good! The publicity I have received over the past month has been priceless and a good introduction into the music business.

3. You won the contest, which is massive, but if you could ask Ryan Seacrest for one other thing, what would that be?

I would love him to take me under his wing and “validate” me so that powerful people in the music business take note of me!

4. Your favourite One Direction boy band member?

Do I have to chose? They’re all so cute! But I’d have to say Liam.

5. You’re focusing on releasing a single soon. Can you tell us a little more about it, in terms of the direction you’re taking, the sound and who you’re working with.

I am going to be continuing on the pop route, but with a slight alternative twist to it. I am working with some great song writers including Garth from CrashCarBurn and Daniel Baron and have put out a brief to all the publishing companies who are sourcing possible material for me to consider. Influences would the from the likes of Lorde and Lana del Rey. Brian O’Shea and Crighton Goodwill will be producing my single.

6. You have a global platform at this stage. Besides SA, where else would you like to take your music to and perform?

Everywhere! I think it is everyone’s dream to crack America, England and the rest of Europe. But I’d like to reach as many people from all corners of the globe as possible.

7. Some of your favourite artists are?

I listen to anything from Bocelli to Lorde, even ABBA. I like what is on radio at the moment though.

8. How do people keep up to date with you?

My website is being built at the moment, but on Twitter (@FilipaAlexandr8) and on Facebook

Filipa wins RyanSeacrest.com cover contest

FilipaLast week I told you about 18-year-old Filipa, the young star from South Africa who caught the eye of Ryan Seacrest’s team when she covered One Direction’s, Story of My Life. The competition saw hundreds of hopefuls vying for the title of best cover. Round by round the numbers were narrowed down and last week, Filipa became one of seven competing for the title. Well here’s a development for you…. SHE WON THE WHOLE DAMN THING!!!!

She beat out X-Factor UK’s twins Jedward (who placed second) and X-Factor US finalist Josh Levi (who placed third), among others to take top honours. The news was announced yesterday and here’s what the young starlet had to say:

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

What’s next for her? Well winning a competition like this, which was set up by an entertainment mogul like Ryan Seacrest one thing’s for sure… the stars are the limit for Filipa. I can’t wait to see more!

SA’s Filipa through to the finals of Ryanseacrest.com cover search competition

FilipaSouth African starlet, Filipa is through to the finals of Ryanseacrest.com‘s best cover search competition. The competition started three weeks ago, when the entertainment mogul’s team called for the best cover of One Direction’s Story of My Life. Each week, fans got to vote for artists from all walks of life and from different parts of the globe and Filipa has steadily received enough votes to make it through to this point.

She’s now through to the finals, alongside X Factor UK finalists Jedward, X Factor US finalist Josh Levy and The Vamps. Voting lines close on the 16th, with the winner being announced on Monday 17 February. On making it through to the finals, she said: “I am very excited and honoured to be in the final round and have to thank the local media for backing me and, of course, the South African public whose continuous voting and undying support has kept me in the competition.”

Here’s how you can help her further, by wining the competition. Go to www.ryanseacrest.com, click on the Contests tab, then to the One Direction cover Final contest tab. Vote for Filipa from there. You can vote twice a day ie every twelve hours. So vote now and then vote just before you sit down to watch your favourite show on TV 😉