Turkish Cypriot Havva Sonmez Rebke has got through to the next round of British TV talent show the X Factor after delivering a “stand-out” performance in Sunday’s episode.
The 21-year-old’s rendition of Blackstreet’s No Diggity during the show’s Six Chair Challenge saw her chosen to enter a second Judges House audition next weekend against five other girls.
Three of them will be picked to go on to the live shows, starting the following week. Judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Nick Grimshaw declared themselves impressed with Miss Rebke’s performance calling her a “star” with a “fantastic personality”.
Mr Cowell, the show’s creator, told her: “We don’t have anyone else like you.”
Miss Rebke, who has attracted thousands of followers on social media since appearing on the X Factor, said she felt she deserved to progress, and told her fans: “Thank you – I couldn’t have done this without you all.”
Her father Ali, a member of well-known Turkish Cypriot band Babutsa, said: “Her schedule is currently very hectic, but she is doing very well, although she was sent back home from work due to being mobbed.
“In a couple of hours her Twitter account reached 2,000 followers… it’s over-whelmingly amazing.
“Even if she doesn’t win I am so proud that she will be recognised for her talent and will definitely have a future in the field.”
By Yasemin Gulpinar for Cyprus Today
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