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17 September 2018, 14:38 | Updated: 18 September 2018, 11:35
Sephy Francisco stunned X Factor judges on Saturday with an unexpected duet version of ‘The Prayer’.
Sephy, a 27-year-old singer from the Philippines, used her X Factor audition to show off her extraordinary range.
The X Factor contestant, whose audition was broadcast this Saturday (15 September), sang both the male and female parts of ‘The Prayer’, a classical crossover duet.
‘The Prayer’ was made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, who released it as a duet in 1999. It later won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
It’s fair to say that Sephy struggles with a bit of pitchiness in her upper range here, but she still gives one heck of a performance.
Sephy got four ‘Yes’s and was sent through to the next round. After her audition, Simon Cowell said: “Well, that’s the first time I’ve judged a duo as one person”.
People have since been expressing their amazement at her range…
Sephy has both a man’s and a woman’s singing voice? That’s so cool!! And she sounds good with both voices! #XFactor— Abby Millard (@AMill1994) September 15, 2018
I loved Sephy so much. Omg. She can literally duet with herself. 😍#XFactor— Lindsey. ❤ (@LindseyGOffical) September 15, 2018
It isn’t the first time ‘The Prayer’ has been used on The X Factor.
Jonathan and Charlotte, who entered the competition in 2012, sang the duet in their first audition, before finishing the series as runners-up to dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.
Watch their audition here: