Cape Town singer Filipa makes final round of One Direction cover contest

Cape Town singer,

Filipa Carmo da Silva
The 18-year-old South African YouTube sensation Filipa Carmo da Silva has made it to the final round of the One Direction Cover Contest. The search started 3 weeks ago for the best YouTube cover version of the boy band’s smash hit single ‘Story of My Life’ and each week, the artists with the most votes have made through to the higher rounds. Filipa is joined in the final round by X Factor UK finalists Jedward, X Factor US finalist Josh Levy and The Vamps, who are currently making waves on the global music scene.  The final round ends on Sunday 16 February 2014 with the winner being announced on Monday 17 February 2014. “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,” said Filipa, who recently moved to Cape Town to pursue her studies in the Performing Arts. The public can vote by going to, click to the Contests tab, then to the One Direction cover Final contest tab. They will need to tick the box next to Filipa’s name and hit the Vote button. Voting can be done once every 12 hours and the public is encouraged to vote every day for the next week, twice a day. In view of the time differences between South Africa and America, people can vote when they get into the office and again before they leave to go home. Filipa recorded the cover with esteemed producers Brian O’Shea and Crighton Goodwill, who added an element of originality to her critically acclaimed version of the song.  The music video was directed and filmed by Kyle White, who has become an established name on the music video scene. Filipa is currently working on her first original single, which is set for release in March.