X Factor 2017: Berget Lewis stuns with Purple Rain at the final auditions

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Berget Lewis wowed The X Factor 2017 judges at her first audition with a cover of Purple Rain.

Auditions for the current series concluded last weekend on ITV with judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

The very last act we met was 45-year-old singer Berget Lewis from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

She told cameras: “I have a career in the Netherlands. I had a few successful projects but I think Holland is a little bit too small for me.

“The kind of music I like, I’m a soul music, that’s why I’m here.”

Berget started singing in church when she was just 11 and recalled: “I was really shy but I knew music was my life.

“In my 20s I was a backing vocalist for a lot of famous artists… I felt really comfortable behind the artist. Everybody told me I should be the artist. I gave it a try. It worked, it went well. But Netherlands is like a really small country.

“I have a feeling soul music is difficult and I’m a soul singer. I need a bigger audience. The UK is a gateway to the whole world.”

Berget added: “I need a break, I need something new and I think X Factor UK can give me that – I hope. Music is everything to me. If it all goes well, it’s going to be life changing in many ways.”

Standing before the judges, Berget gave out a powerful performance of Prince’s Purple Rain.

“Your voice is unbelievably good. You are fantastic,” Simon Cowell raved.

Berget Lewis
Berget Lewis

He added: “I’m going to say what we’re all thinking here: If you were 18 years old, twenty years old, and came in and sang like that I would be jumping over this desk right now to say you have to make a record. Maybe this is your time.”

With four yeses, Berget was through to bootcamp.

The X Factor UK airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.

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