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Amelia Lily: The come-back kid's new single

Amelia Lily performed live for Metro Radio Photo: ITV

Amelia Lily captured the hearts of the North East when she left The X Factor in a surprise elimination, only to return and come third. This is when judges of the ITV show dubbed her 'the come-back kid'.

Amelia is doing it again! She's back with a new sound and a new single called 'California'. She's had a number two in the UK singles chart with You Bring Me Joy. Now, she's after the top spot.

Currently on a radio tour, Amelia made a stop at Metro Radio in Newcastle and Rachel Sweeney went along to see her.

"For the past year I’ve been in the studio literally non-stop, writing the album. I wouldn’t say it has been stressful, I’d say it has been more fun because I have a new writing team now, and we just go and hang out and if a something comes to us then that’s when we actually get to it, you can’t rush perfection."

– AMELIA ON STUDIO TIME

Amelia appeared on The X Factor in 2011. She finished third on the eighth series despite leaving the competition early on. She has used the ITV talent show as a platform to launch herself as a chart topper.

"I was really young. I was 16 when I came of it and I was straight into a record deal, it was so mad, I don’t know how I got through it all. I didn’t really know who I was as a person, never mind as an artist.

"Having a year off has been the most beneficial thing I have done, I feel like I have really found my identity in the past year."

– AMELIA ON LIFE AFTER THE X FACTOR
Amelia Lily speaking to Rachel Sweeney in Newcastle Credit: ITV

With a new single on the way, she's living the popstar dream. So what advice does Amelia have for aspiring singers in the run up to the new series of The X Factor?

"Prepare yourself, it’s not easy. It’s very early mornings and late nights, it's very exhausting. However, I think that if you want something enough, and you’ve got that determination, just go with it and work, work, work and it honestly does pay off. I have no regrets."

– AMELIA'S ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS
Amelia on her radio tour Credit: ITV

Amelia is from Middlesbrough but she has popstar duties to fulfil. Here's what she misses most while travelling:

"Everything, the people, the northern accents, the greenery, I miss everything. I love where I come from and I love coming home. It’s the most amazing feeling being in the car knowing that you’re coming home."

– AMELIA ON WHAT SHE MISSES ABOUT THE NORTH EAST

With more than 800,000 Twitter followers tweeting her with supportive messages daily, Amelia knows she has a loyal fan base. So what does she want to say to the people who have backed her all the way?

"It’s bonkers! I wish could have the time to go and meet every individual and have a minute with them just to say 'thank you'. However, I can’t and it's really frustrating but I am extremely grateful for my fans and just for anybody who follows me and stands by me. I have had a tough journey and I think you know they are dedicated when they have stuck by you through thick and thin. I am very lucky to have such loyal fans."

– AMELIA THANKS HER FANS

Her biggest fan being Elphie who travels with her!

Amelia's dog Elphie Credit: ITV

California is out on September 7. Amelia hopes to be touring in October and releasing her album in November.