When Rita Ora stopped by 102 JAMZ several weeks ago for a Next JAMZ Star performance, we put her on the spot with this question: One Direction or The Wanted? A little prodding had her finally settling on One Direction. That fondness for the British boy wonders came to a musical crescendo this week as she appeared on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge this week performing an amazing acoustic rendition of “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Stripped of the production of the original recording, her upbeat acoustic version shows off Ora’s soulful voice nicely and provides an even stronger emphasis on the song’s uplifting lyrics.
Rita Ora is currently in a neck and neck competition with another JAMZ favorite, Karmin (seems as if they’re pretending that Karmin male member Nick Noonan doesn’t exist and are only recognizing Amy Heidemann), to win the honor of appearing in Rolling Stone magazine’s September “Women Who Rock” issue. Click here to place your vote for your favorite.