Amelia Lily looking forward to turning on Bracknell's "amazing" lightsBy Jennie Slevin
November 29, 2012
Following her rollercoaster ride on The X Factor last year, anyone would expect Amelia Lily to shy away from the spotlight for a while.
But the 18-year-old singer has been working non-stop since the show and it has paid off, with her debut single You Bring Me Joy going straight to number one earlier this year.
"I've had a really busy year," she says. "I had my first single out a few months ago and I shot the video which was an amazing experience. I've got my second single Shut Up coming out in January."
Since the show, the singer, from Nunthorpe in Middlesborough, has worked constantly, continuing to achieve goals she never thought she would.
"I just did Shrek the musical for Children in Need, which was incredible," she beams. "I've always wanted to perform in a West End show so it was just brilliant, it was a dream come true.
"You never think this kind of thing is going to happen to you and then it does and it just proves that if you work hard you can make anything happen."
At her first X Factor audition in 2011, Amelia was met by a standing ovation. She excelled at boot camp and sailed through her audition at Kelly Rowland's home in Miami.
But in a cruel twist, Amelia was sent home in the first live show before the public votes opened.
After thinking her dreams were dashed, she was then thrown a life-line and voted back into the competition with 48 per cent of the public vote, after headline grabber Frankie Cocozza got the boot for his wild behaviour.
For any teenage girl the highs and lows of the fame game would be a challenge, but Amelia says she embraced the experience.
"I wouldn't change it for the world," she says.
"I believe what I went through on the show has made me a stronger and more confident person because when all those people voted me back, it made me feel like they really wanted more from me and that was great."
Although the last year has seen Amelia go from strength to strength, her new-found fame doesn't leave her with very much free time. "I've had to do all of my Christmas shopping online," she says, talking about her plans for the big day.
"This is the first year I've really
gone for it so I'm looking forward to giving my mum and everyone their presents!"
And although she's been told by her mum that she's too old to go to the local panto, she's looking forward to a few days of rest. "I'll just go home and spend some time chilling out with my family and friends," she adds.
"I think the build-up to Christmas is so much better than the actual day. Getting ready for it, putting up the decorations it's really great, and then
you get to Christmas Day and it's all over. Nothing beats a proper good Christmas roast though."
But before going home for Christmas, Amelia has a very important job to do.
"Turning on Christmas lights everywhere has been really fun but I've heard Bracknell's are amazing so I'm looking forward to it," she says excitedly.
"I hope they live up to what I've been told, and I'm looking forward to seeing some local talent perform too."
n Amelia will be switching on the Christmas lights and performing in Bracknell on Sunday. The Princess Square lights will be switched on at 4.30pm, followed by a performance by Amelia Lily in Charles Square at 5pm. The Charles Square lights will be switched on at 5.20pm followed by a display from Star Fireworks.