South Korean singer leeSA has beaten 167 other entrants to be be crowned champion of Sennheiser’s ‘Are You D1 and Only?’ competition.
Announced at the NAMM Show in January alongside its Evolution Wireless D1 microphone system (see NAMM 2015: Sennheiser launches its D1 (and only), partners with Apogee), the contest sought to find the most creative cover version of Chesney Hawkes’ 1991 №1 The Only and Only. The winner was by public vote and an “expert jury” which included The One and Only composer Nik Kershaw, Sennheiser CEO Dr Andreas Sennheiser, Walk Off the Earth’s Joel Cassady and Anastasia Schoeck from Imagem Music.
“leeSA’s cover totally encapsulates the spirit of this competition,” says Kershaw. “She’s reinvented the song and made it her own. I love the chords under the chorus. Fabulous voice, fabulous performance, fabulous attitude. A natural talent.”
Polish eight-piece a cappella group AudioFeels came second, with Australian girlband Riggs in third.
leeSA (pictured) won two days in a high-end recording studio and a professional video shoot, while also three acts were given Sennheiser D1 wireless equipment.