Havva Rebke, the oldest daughter of well-known Turkish singer Ali ‘Babutsa’ Sönmez, has made it through to this year’s bootcamp on ITV’s hit show The X Factor. The 21-year-old was put through with ‘yes’ votes from all four judges following her audition singing Jessie J’s Masterpiece.
It was a triumphant return for the young Turkish Cypriot, who had first appeared on the show back in 2012. One of the four judges, Rita Ora, then a guest judge, remembered and asked, "Don't I recognise you?" Havva replied that she had auditioned three years previously and had made it through to bootcamp before nerves got the better of her.
In her pre-performance interview, screened on Saturday 12 September, Havva told viewers that: "Everywhere I go, I just sing. I walk around Tesco singing."
Describing her family as her “best friends”, she said, “I just want to go out there and change my life for good, that’s what I dream of every day.”
Opening last Saturday’s show and cheered on by her family backstage, Havva impressed the judges with her unique rendition of Masterpiece, sung with a strong
accent. Simon Cowell called her
performance "a great audition" and
that he "loved the fact that she
Along with her singing talent, Havva’s bubbly personality also proved a hit with the judges and British media alike. After her audition, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini told the singer: “You’re so likeable!”
On Monday, Havva appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, where she was interviewed by Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid, and talked about her singing aspirations, her famous dad and her boyfriend, who looks like One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. She has also been featured in numerous British magazines.
The X Factor’s Bootcamp begins this Sunday at 7pm on ITV. Havva joins another British Turkish contestant, Ebru, with both competing for a chance to be one of 12 acts to make it through to the live TV rounds.