Filipino Duo Wins the Grand Prize for Joe Jonas’ DNCE Contest

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It’s easier to become an instant celebrity these days. All one has to have is an internet connection, a mobile camera, a YouTube channel, and if you’re lucky being armed with good looks and talent, in no less than a few minutes, your very own video might just become an instant hit! YouTube has been known to be a platform or a venue for netizens all over the world to showcase and share their talents.

Deemed as the first ever YouTube talent competition and one of this generation’s most cutting-edge productions, Best Cover Ever is giving emerging musicians from all over the world a chance for international fame. Throughout the series, a new superstar artist will challenge competing musicians to perform a cover of one of their original songs. The musicians can perform their own unique style of the song as they battle for the ultimate prize: the opportunity to perform a duet with the superstar artist that will premiere on the platform. Viewers across the globe will witness every part of the planning, behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.

Best Cover Ever is hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Ludacris and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. The series will premier exclusively on YouTube featuring superstar artists Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Keith Urban, Backstreet Boys, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, DNCE, and Bebe Rexha.

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There’s a reason why Filipinos across the globe should be happy, for another Filipino duo has made our country proud. Hailing from the Philippines, Lesha Litonjua and Leo Malli, otherwise known as Lesha x ELM, are best friends in college. Lesha is a singer, songwriter, and a producer​, while ELM ventures into rapping and production as well.  In a pursuit to take their music to the next level, Lesha and ELM decided to collaborate and where they get to create their own unique sound with their knowledge of electronic music production. Lesha x ELM began performing together in 2016 and since then, they’ve been posting song covers and originals on YouTube, booking performances at the top premier night clubs in Manila, and have opened acts for international artists that visited The Philippines.  Studying marketing and music respectively, the two hope to blend their talents to take their beats international.

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Shortly after their breakout in the music scene, Lesha x ELM decided to try their luck at the Best Cover Ever.  They submitted their audition video by uploading their cover of DNCE’s “Toothbrush” and later received the news that they were cho​sen ​as top ​finalists for the show amongst tens of thousands submissions from all over the world.   Competing against other artists, Lesha x ELM are the only Asians/Filipinos included in the roster and one of the youngest and most successful YouTube cover artists locally.

To these amazing Filipino duo, our congratulations and thank you for making us all proud!

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Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.