Tyler James: Amy inspired voice audition

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 May 2012
Tyler James and Amy Winehouse

Tyler James and Amy Winehouse

Tyler James auditioned for 'The Voice' because the death of his close friend Amy Winehouse taught him to live in the moment

Tyler James auditioned for 'The Voice' because Amy Winehouse's death taught him "anything goes".

The aspiring singer - who will contest the final of the BBC talent show this weekend - has a history of drink and drug addiction and admits he reached "rock bottom" when his close friend passed away last year, and the tragedy made him realise he had to live in the moment.

He said: "I was at rock bottom when Amy died - she was my best friend. I didn't know what to do with myself.

"Then a friend called me and said there's this show coming up called 'The Voice'.

"I'd never in a million years normally go in for this. I always saw people in 'X Factor' and thought, 'How do they do that? It looks hard.'

"You have to put yourself out there and have people judge you. I used to applaud them but couldn't do it myself.

"But once Amy wasn't here there was a part of me that thought, 'Life is too short. Anything goes now.'

"Instead of constantly procrastinating - I'm a massive over-thinker - I thought, 'Right, let's just do this'."

However, Tyler admits he almost backed out just before he was about to audition in front of judges will.i.am - his mentor - Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and Sir Tom Jones for the first time.

He added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "When I went for those first auditions I was just thinking, 'I'll see if they like me and then worry about whether I can handle it.'

"But five minutes before the judges' auditions I said, 'I can't go on. I'm not ready. I'm not in the right place.'

"I went on but I did mess up. I was lucky I got Will.i.am as my coach and that he has an amazing ear. I'll be forever grateful for him taking that chance."

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