Amy Winehouse inspires best friend to audition for The Voice

Amy Winehouse's best friend will audition on 'The Voice' tonight (07.04.12), and he reveals how the late singer's death inspired him to return to making music

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Amy Winehouse's best friend will audition on 'The Voice' tonight (07.04.12).

Singer/songwriter Tyler James reveals how the late star's tragic death last July, aged 27, has inspired him to return to making music, and he is now bidding to become a pop star with the help of the BBC One talent show.

He said: "We were like two peas in a pod -- we were like two halves of the same person.

"Now she's here with me, I know that, but it's about me finding my own feet.

"And the only way I'm ever going to find that is through music, through singing."

The 30-year-old hopeful - who trained at the Sylvia Young stage school in north London with the 'Rehab' hitmaker - is credited as playing a part in Amy's rise to fame after sending a demo tape of her songs to Simon Fuller's 19 Management in 2001, and the company went on to release her 'Frank' and 'Back to Black' albums.

But Tyler - who first became friends with Amy when he was 13 - admits it was the "worst day" of his life when he found out the late singer had passed away and his life will never be the same again.

He added: "Last summer it was the worst day of my life. Amy died and my whole life changed."

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