'She's here with me': Amy Winehouse's ex-lover appears on The Voice as singer inspires him to audition
15:50 GMT, 7 April 2012
She was a worldwide superstar when she was alive and now late singer Amy Winehouse is helping her best friend carve out his own music career from beyond the grave.
Tyler James, who is also an ex-lover of the star, has auditioned for The Voice and will be seen taking to the mic on tonight's show.
The 30-year-old hopeful has spoken out about his devastation over Amy's death.
Hopeful: Tyler James, who was Amy Winehouse's best friend and ex- lover, auditions on The Voice, revealing her death inspired him
to try music again
And he's insisted her passing away has inspired him to take up music again to help him find his feet and overcome the devastation.
He said: 'Last summer it was the worst day of my life. Amy died and my whole life changed.
'Now she’s here with me, I know that. It’s about me finding my own feet and the only way for me that I’m ever going to find that is through music.'
Devastated: Tyler was often spotted on nights out with the star and has spoken out about how Amy's death changed his life
He added: 'We were like two peas in a pod – we were like two halves of the same person.'
Tyler had been friends with Amy since they were teenagers when they met at the Sylvia Young stage school.
Inspiration: The pair met at school when they were thirteen
The pair became on/off lovers and Winehouse once said: 'We're mates who s**g.'
He was often seen accompanying the tragic singer, who died last year at the age of 27, during nights on the town.
And he has even been credited with launching her into a worldwide superstar.
Tyler sent off her demo in 2001 urging a management company to take her on.
She was then signed by Simon Fuller's 19 Management and went on to release hit albums Frank and Back to Black.
Now it appears Tyler is hoping to emulate her success by auditioning for the judges on the BBC1 talent show.
And he impressed one mentor at least – will.i.am told him: 'You sounded good.'
Although it is not his first shot at fame.
The singer/songwriter has previously released a single called Foolish in 2004.
But it could cause controversy as it was with Universal records, who are offering the winner of the TV show the prize of a contract with them.
And while Tyler is set to impress on tonight's programme, it will also be a catty affair as the competition heats up between the judges.
Jessie J and The Script's Danny O'Donaghue come to clashes as they compete to win over contestant Cassius Henry.
Bond: Tyler is credited with helping launch Winehouse's career after sending off her demo to Simon Fuller's 19 Management in 2001
Jessie told him: 'Don't trust people who wear denim on denim!'
Danny responded: 'I say never trust a girl who wears so much bling but sings about not worrying about the Price Tag.'
Jessie, real name Jessica Cornish, has continued to show she's a head strong woman as the series continues.
And she has even been labelled the 'evil one' out of the four judges, which also comprises of Sir Tom Jones.
Outspoken: Jessie J, who will be one of the mentors judging Tyler, has spoken out about being branded the 'evil one'
But she doesn't mind the tag because she wants the contestants to 'raise their game'.
She told the Daily Mirror: 'That’s GOOD. The contestants have to realise they need to raise their game.
'I’m not saying it’s easy – I know how it feels to step out on a stage in front of millions of people I don’t know.
'When I performed on the X Factor last year, I was shaking like a leaf. But it’s got to be done and they need to embrace it.
Star line-up: She also spoke of her joy working alongside veteran singer Sir Tom Jones
'I may make them cry but they always come back the next day and say, ‘Thank you for the tough love – it’s what I needed’.'
And the singer has expressed her delight at working alongside veteran singer Tom Jones on the panel.
She added: 'I look at where he’s come from and find it exciting that longevity and timeless music are still available.
'I’m the new girl – I’ve only had one album out, and I’ve got people sitting next to me who knew Elvis, and are friends with Tina Turner.
'Tom’s fans are based in a time when it was all about the music and I envy that.