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

Berget Lewis

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.

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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.

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"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."

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With four yeses, Berget was through to bootcamp.

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

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