A Turkish Cypriot singer was due to emerge from The X Factor “boot camp” yesterday after making a second bid for fame on the British TV talent show.
Twenty-one-year-old Havva Sönmez Rebke, from Enfield, in London, won her place in the next stage of the competition by winning the thumbs up from all four judges in auditions watched by millions on Sunday.
Her rendition of Jessie J’s Masterpiece was described as “great” by the show’s creator, Simon Cowell.
She was also recognised by fellow judge Rita Ora, who had nicknamed the diminutive singer “Polly Pocket” when she appeared in the competition in 2012.
The young shop assistant reached the same stage then, but nerves got the better of her, dashing her live show chances.
“It just wasn’t my time, I was 18, but felt more like 10,” said Miss Rebke, who has been performing since the age of 12 and whose father, Ali, sings with the well-known Turkish group Babutsa.
“I was very nervous at the first audition, but I couldn’t overcome it at bootcamp, I had panic attacks and did not tell anyone.”
After the rejection she focused on her mother, Dilek, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but with the disease in remission, family and friends encouraged her to apply to the show again.
“I love singing – it’s all I do. I walk around Tesco singing,” said Miss Rebke in advance of Sunday’s audition show.
Her father told Cyprus Today yesterday: “We were all so thrilled with her success and so was she – being able to enter bootcamp is great.”
He said the ultimate outcome would depend on the next audition and added: “Fingers crossed for the final decision. Whatever it may be, we will always be proud of her and support her in anything she does.”
Source: Cyprus Today
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