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Amelia Lily (born Amelia Lily Oliver; 16 October 1994) is an English pop singer who finished third in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Her debut single, "You Bring Me Joy", was released on 9 September 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and attained top ten positions in more than three countries. Her debut album will be released in 2013. Her second single "Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)" was released in January 2013, debuted at number eleven in the UK.
The daughter of Aranka Bradley and Barry Oliver, Amelia Lily was born on 16 October 1994 in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough. She studied at the independent, fee-paying Teesside High School, in nearby Eaglescliffe. Lily began her musical career while still a secondary school pupil by posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. Her cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" garnered over 1 million views. From the age of 13, she began writing songs with her guitar and aspired to be a country singer after being brought up listening to it. She was a figure skater for 6 years during her childhood. She was also working on the tills at a garden centre in Nunthorpe, for £4.90 an hour, which she "absolutely hated". Lily declared in an interview for The Sun that she suffered bullying for five years at a previous school, saying she "had no friends", and "used to come home crying all the time". The newspaper reported that bullies picked on her because of her different style and, even after Lily was asked to sing at an assembly, they said she "would never make it". On a SugarScape interview in August 2012, she revealed that she wanted to be a nun when she was younger.
Known as the "Comeback Kid", Lily auditioned for The X Factor in Liverpool in front of judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, and Kelly Rowland in early 2011. She sang Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart" and won praise from all four judges. Gary Barlow said "...oh my goodness, 16 years old that was incredible. That absolutely lifted the top of this arena, well done. Amazing vocals. Amelia I am blown away..."
She progressed through boot camp to the judges' houses, where she sang E.T. by Katy Perry in front of Rowland and guest judge Jennifer Hudson. Lily made it to the live shows in Rowland's girls category, along with Misha B, Janet Devlin and Sophie Habibis. She performed "Billie Jean" but was the first of the girls category to be eliminated from the live shows on 9 October by decision of her mentor. There was no public vote in the inaugural live show. After her surprise elimination, Lily continued to perform at clubs. Prior to the sixth live show of The X Factor, it was announced that Frankie Cocozza had been disqualified and that the public would be given the chance to reinstate a contestant eliminated during the first live show. Lily was voted back into the competition after winning 48.8% of the vote, beating 2 Shoes, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr. Her comeback performance of 'The Show Must Go On' received critical acclaim from all four judges.
In week 7 she sang "Think" by Aretha Franklin, but even with positive comments from the judges, she landed in the final showdown with Craig Colton, and was only saved by winning the popular vote when the judges' votes were deadlocked. The following week, Lily again received critical acclaim from the judges for her two performances: 'China In Your Hand' and 'Since U Been Gone', with Barlow commenting that it was "really nice to hear [the song] sung in tune." It was later revealed that she topped the votes with the last 2 performances. On 4 December, she won a place in the final along with Little Mix and Marcus Collins. Throughout the series, she topped the public vote twice and was in the bottom two only once before reaching the finals, where she finished in third place with 26.5 per cent of the public vote.
After Lily embarked on the X Factor Tour, it was announced that she had signed a £500,000 three-album record deal with Sony subsidiary Xenomania. In August 2012, she revealed that her debut album would feature an eclectic range of genres; "There's a bit of dubstep on there as well which I think will surprise people! The sound is all over the place but I think the record works because we've only included songs that I really connected with." In September 2012, she released her debut single, "You Bring Me Joy", which reached number one on iTunes following its release, holding the top spot for 4 days, selling over 50,000 copies on its first week, but it officially charted at number two in the UK (behind "Hall Of Fame" by The Script that sold 9,000 copies more). On 10 October 2012, Lily revealed that she would release "Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)" as her second single. On 2 November 2012, the single premiered via a lyric video upload on her official YouTube page. Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got) was released on 18 January 2013, debuting and peaking at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart on 27 January 2013. On 19 February 2013, Lily was announced to be the support act for Girls Aloud's arena tour, Ten: The Hits Tour, which she will participate in from 21 February to 20 March 2013.
On 21 February 2013, Lily announced on Twitter that her third single, "Party Over", wound be released as the third single from her upcoming debut album on 14 April 2013 She unveiled a 20-second teaser clip of the song on her official Soundcloud page. On 27 February 2013, Lily released a lyric video for "Party Over" on her official YouTube account. On 28 February 2013, she was announced as the main support act for Olly Murs's gig at the INTRO Festival. She is also set to perform at Chester Rocks on 16 June 2013, with Jessie J and Lawson. Her debut album will be officially released on 29 April 2013. Lily twetted on 1st March 2013 that her album would be titled Be a Fighter and released the track list on the same day. On 2 April, Lily released the artwork for the album. Lily delayed the album release and scheduled it for release for 20th of May, Lily then delayed the album's release again and it is currently set for release on 29th of July, before the official album release, Lily will release the 4th single from the album which is called "Truth or Dare".
Lily credits P!nk as her major musical influence and idol. Amelia also looks up to Kelly Clarkson, and cited her as her hero during The X Factor, singing one of her songs in the show, "Since You Been Gone". Amelia says she is influenced by Katy Perry, whose song "E.T." she covered in the Judges Houses during The X Factor.
Lily is a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic, having been diagnosed with the condition aged three. Amelia is insulin-dependent, she has to have 4 injections a day, check her blood and keep a balanced diet. She is the half-sister of Any Dream Will Do's Lewis Bradley. She was raised Roman Catholic. Amelia is the latest supporter of the 'Make Mine Milk' and charity 'BeatBullying' where she launched a poetry/songwriting competition called 'Find Your Voice' in which the winner will meet the singer and have the song or the lyrics sung and recorded by herself. She stated "that’s why I’m so happy to be launching this competition with ‘make mine Milk’ and BeatBullying; I hope that it will empower young people to get creative and speak out bullying is such a taboo subject so it’s great to be able to tackle that through ‘Find Your Voice’.
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