‘Ireland's Got Talent’: 13-year-old Pinay gets standing ovation with ‘True Colors’

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Posted at Feb 16 2018 08:18 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2018 01:23 PM

A 13-year-old Filipina based in Dublin got a standing ovation from all four judges of "Ireland's Got Talent," earning her a ticket into the next round of the talent search.

Introducing herself to the judges, Shaniah Rollo said her family had just moved to Ireland from the Philippines. They, however, are not complete, as her siblings remain in their home country.

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Asked by judge Denise Van Outen what she intends to do with the €50,000 grand prize (roughly P3.26 million), should she win the competition, Rollo said: "I want to use the money for my brothers and sisters to go here, so we can be a whole family, because I really miss them so much."

"There's a lot riding on this for you," Van Outen said, prompting the young contestant to start her audition.

The judges appeared to be instantly impressed with Rollo's first notes, as they exchanged looks, and had their mouths agape at one point.

Commenting on Rollo's performance, Van Outen said: "You've got the most amazing voice. You sang that from your heart, and you sang that for your siblings. They will be so proud of you."

Louish Walsh added: "It was effortless, it was pitch perfect, and you're only 13!"

"For your age, you have such amazing control of your vocals," Michelle Visage said, before asking Rollo if she's ever had any formal training. When the Filipina answered in the negative, Visage exclaimed, "That is remarkable!"

Rollo was among the acts shown in the pilot episode of "Ireland's Got Talent" early this month.

As in the global format of the talent search, and as seen on "Pilipinas Got Talent," those who qualify will be trimmed down to a particular number going into the semifinals.