Amelia Lily: I'm a fresher version of Katy Perry

Former 'X Factor' contestant Amelia Lily says her two biggest music idols are Katy Perry and Pink, and she believes she's a "younger and fresher" version of the two pop stars

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Amelia Lily

Amelia Lily believes she is a "younger and fresher" version of Katy Perry.

The 19-year-old singer - who came third on the 2011 series of the 'X Factor' UK - says the 'Roar' hitmaker and Pink are her two biggest music idols and she hopes to emulate their impressive pop careers.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I've got musical idols - my top two would be Pink and Katy Perry and I feel like I'm kind of a younger, fresher version of them. Their music inspires me to write my own. They're my top two."

The 'You Bring Me Joy' singer was discovered on the same series of 'The X Factor' as winning act Little Mix, who have since gone on to achieve success across the world.

Amelia admits their success drives her on to do the same and top the charts in other countries as well as her native Britain.

When asked if Little Mix's achievements are an inspiration to her, she said: "It definitely inspires me. I'd love to go on to be an international success. I always said I'd like to start in the UK and then hopefully build across the globe but you know, take one step at a time.

"At the end of the day, it's all about the songs in my opinion. If you've got great songs, you can do what you wanna do - that's the way I look at it. But absolutely, I'd love to be an international success."

Amelia releases new single 'California' in August and she is confident the single will give fans a "great taste" of what she has to offer on her next album.

She said: "The song for me is just amazing because I feel like it represents where I am now in my career. It represents my brand new sound.

"For me, I think it's a great taste of what's to come on the album. And I've had a great reaction from it so I'm really pleased."

'California' comes out on August 24.

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Amelia Lily

The singer, who gained fame as a finalist on The X Factor in 2011, performs pop and dance tunes from her album, Be a Fighter.

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