Name: Tyla Bertolli
Category: Under 25 girls
Audition song: Florence + the Machine – Dog Days Are Over (Click to watch)
Bootcamp songs: Eminem – Lose Yourself & Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Judge House song: Jessie J – Nobody’s Perfect
Musical influences: Adele, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna
Interesting/ unusual fact: I’m not a natural redhead
After learning to sing at the tender age of three, it wasn’t long before Tyla Bertolli’s talents were noticed. Her first big break came while doing work experience at Byrneside Music Group in Prahran when she was only 14 years of age. “I said I’d keep working for free if they’d just let me play my songs to somebody who’d listen,” she recalls.
A year later she released her first EP ‘A Brilliant Tragedy’, featuring songs she’d penned herself. “My songs are trying to tell a story,” she says. “I usually write when I’m upset or there’s something I want to say to a friend but can’t say in words. I’m better at music than at speaking.”
Despite early interest in her talents, Tyla said the timing wasn’t right but now she’s ready to achieve her dream. “I wasn’t quite ready for it. But now I’m prepared and ready and have set my sights on bigger and better things. That’s why I’m here.”
Following her performance of Florence + The Machine’s ‘Dog Days Are Over’ at the auditions, she won over all of the judges bar Ronan. While he called it a “messy audition,” the others lauded her, with Mel B declaring “You definitely have the X Factor. The voice is different. I didn’t want to stop looking at you.”
With Mel B singing her praises from day one, it’s only fitting the former Spice Girl is now her mentor. “It’s surreal,” Tyla says, “she was the person I was impersonating when I younger. She’s really down to earth and tells it like it is. We work really well together. I feel grateful and blessed.”
Something of a musical prodigy, she taught herself to play guitar despite having non-musical parents. “They don’t have a musical bone in their body,” she laughs.
The 19-year-old feels at home on the stage, having gigged around her hometown of Melbourne for years now. Her goal is to emulate the success as her idols Katy Perry, Beyonce and Adele. “My dream is to stand up on stage in a big auditorium and put on a fantastic show and leave people entertained.”