Former Nymboida girl Kyrah Cilia, left, and Sheena Wilbow impress the judges during the televised audition round of Channel 7’s X-Factor competition.
Former Nymboida girl Kyrah Cilia, left, and Sheena Wilbow impress the judges during the televised audition round of Channel 7’s X-Factor competition. COURTESY OF CHANNEL 7

Kyrah is our rising star

IT MAY be a long way to the top but singer and former Nymboida girl Kyrah Cilia is well and truly on her way up.

The 21-year-old former Cathedral School student and her friend Sheena Wilbow wowed judges in the televised audition round of Channel 7's X-Factor competition last week with their double act Femme Da Funk.

They now join about 29 other contestants in the next round of the competition - Boot Camp - which was due to air last night.

To get this far, the pair had to pass through a number of non-televised stages before getting to the audition round, where they received unanimous approval from the show's judges - Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, former Spice Girl Mel B and Natalie Bassingthwaighte - based on their rendition of the song S & M by Rihanna.

Kyrah said coming this far had been an "amazing experience" and she was learning a lot along the way.

"The challenges you face are great because it encourages you to improve yourself constantly," Kyrah said.

She said Sheena and herself were competing against a wealth of talent in the other competitors but they were optimistic about their chances.

"It's a tough competition but we're confident in our music and in what we do, plus we've had good reactions from everybody so far," she said.

Kyrah said she wasn't going it alone either, getting strong support from her parents, Tony and Lynette, who still live in Nymboida.

Although her musical journey began when her dad introduced her to a wide range of music as a toddler, she said it really took flight when she began studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

After completing the degree, Kyrah said she had been playing gigs around Sydney with her band - also called Femme Da Funk - before winding up on X-Factor, which she hoped would launch her career as a recording artist.

Catch the X-Factor on Channel 7 from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm to follow Kyrah and Sheena's progress.



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