A 17-year-old Filipino singer blew everyone away at The X Factor UK Season 15 with her rendition of a classic hit song by Prince.
Marie Laroco said at the beginning of her audition that she flew all the way from the Philippines to join the said singing competition in the UK and achieve her dreams of becoming a well-known music artist.
“Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be an international superstar. I want to be big. So that’s why I am doing this because I love to do it and this is my dream,” Laroco said before she began singing.
Laroco then performed a powerful version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” which earned her a standing ovation from the show’s judges, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson, and Simon Cowell.
Other Filipino acts, including Alisah Bonaobra and 4th Impact, have also tried their luck on the previous seasons of the same show.
Laroco is no stranger to talent competitions as she has already competed in the Philippines’ version of The Voice Kids in 2014.
Under the name Giedie Laroco, the then 13-year-old singer performed her rendition of Jennifer Rush’s “The Power of Love” during the blind auditions.
She became a part of Lea Salonga’s team but was eventually eliminated in the sing-off rounds.
After The Voice Kids, Laroco has been featured in the YouTube channel of Universal Records in which she performed the classic Disney song “Beauty and the Beast”.