- Shaniah Rollo wowed the judges so much she got a standing ovation
- She was among the 24 contestants to make it to the semifinals of Ireland's Got Talent
- The Filipina said she joined the competition to help her parents get her siblings to Ireland
Shaniah Rollo had never joined a singing competition before, but she's now set to wow the world after she qualified for the semifinals of Ireland's Got Talent.
The 13-year-old got a standing ovation during her audition when she sang True Colors by Cindy Lauper.
After her stunning performance, she trended on Twitter and was called "teenage sensation" and "new singer in Ireland".
Shaniah is the youngest contestant and the only Filipino on the show.
"Hindi po talaga ako makapaniwala na nakapasok po ako dahil napaka-huge achievement po ito at nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga supporters ko po sa Pilipinas at sa Ireland at sa buong mundo at kay God. Ayaw ko pong ma-disappoint sila," said Shaniah in an ABS-CBN report.
According Shaniah's mother, Shaniah moved to Ireland two years ago.
"Naku grabeng saya naming mag-asawa, sobrang saya at talagang na-surprise kami sa mga nangyayari sa kanya. Parang overwhelmed," said her mother.
Shaniah's parents are both musicians working in different countries. Her father is a musician in Ireland.
Her older sister is also a singer.
Shaniah said she joined the competition because she wants to help her parents. She also hopes her siblings can join them in Ireland.
"Gusto ko po na makasama ko ulit yung aking mga kapatid kasi po namiss ko na po talaga sila. Kasi po noong nandoon po ako sa Pilipinas, lagi po kaming magka-close pero nung nagpunta ako dito, parang ako na lang po mag-isa. Ang hirap po mag make friends kasi po isa po ako sa mga taong napaka-shy. Meron lang ako dito si mom at dad," said Shaniah.
Their family hails from Bicol.
Even at this early stage, Shaniah is receiving invitations to appear in TV shows in Ireland and the Philippines.
“I feel very happy kasi po ang dami na po sumusuporta sa akin at hindi pa rin po ako makapaniwala sa buong buhay ko na mangyayari po ito. Para pong napaka-magical po ng nangyari sa buhay ko talaga," said Shaniah.
The semifinal round of the first Ireland's Got Talent will start soon.
The Filipina's audition aired on the first episode in February 2018.
The winner will receive €50,000 or roughly P3.26 million.
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