Gamugate: Simon Cowell drafts lawyers in to help Gamu Nhengu immigration battle

Simon Cowell has thrown his weight behind the campaign to save snubbed X Factor star Gamu Nhengu from deportation to Zimbabwe, it was revealed today.

The music mogul’s lawyers have been drafted in to help the 18-year-old singer in her battle to stay in the UK.

The prospect of being sent back to her homeland has been hanging over the teenager after her mother’s visa application was turned down.

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Cheryl Cole opts for the jungle hot look

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Fresh from her Woman Of The Year win at the Glamour Awards in London last night, Cheryl Cole dashed up to Glasgow this morning to kick off the first round of X Factor auditions.

And it wasn’t just her outfit that was new, as the new judges line-up – albeit temporary was unveiled in Glasgow. Read the rest of this entry »

X Factor winner Joe McElderry outsold by Rage Against The Machine

Homecoming: X Factor winner Joe McElderry with his grandma, Hilda, during today’s signing for his debut single The Climb in South Shields

  • Rage Against The Machine campaign outsells Joe by 175,000 to 110,000
  • It’s a little dose of anarchy for the holidays, says guitarist – and profits will go to charity
  • Simon Cowell link to all Top 11 albums revealed

Taking the Christmas number one spot has become part and parcel of winning the X Factor.

But, despite 17 million fans watching Joe McElderry triumph on Sunday’s show, bookies have taken the unusual step of suspending betting on who will take the coveted slot. Read the rest of this entry »

Rihanna struggles in rainy London on eve of X Factor performance

Soulful singer Rihanna was introduced to the full force of British winter weather yesterday on a night out in London.

As she arrived at the exclusive Wellington Club in Knightsbridge, a great gust of wind took hold of the big green umbrella her minder was holding over the star, turning it inside out.

Rihanna went into fits of giggles as her helper struggled to get the umbrella under control. Luckily it was only a step to a waiting car, so the Barbadian-born celebrity was able to rescue her white cropped satin top and expensive hairstyle from the rain.

The 21-year-old singer is in the UK to perform her latest single Russian Roulette live from her new album Rated R on X Factor tonight. Alicia Keys will also be singing on the show. Read the rest of this entry »

X Factor’s Jamie Archer gracious in defeat after losing out to Lloyd Daniels


The rock singer managed a huge smile as he punched his fist in the air for fans as he headed home after the results show.

Simon Cowell lost his first act this series when Jamie, 34, lost to Lloyd Daniels in a public vote following their sing-off.

Amazingly, despite their usual below-par performance – this time, with their rendition of Under Pressure – on Saturday night, John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, survived another week. Read the rest of this entry »

Alexandra Burke puts her never-ending legs on show

Alexandra Burke certainly knows how to please a crowd.


The X Factor winner dazzled during a live performance in a tiny little black dress which showed off her incredibly long legs.

She was in Manchester to turn on the city’s Christmas lights – but despite plunging temperatures the singer braved the chill in the revealing outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

X Factor romance: Have Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon In Love


X Factor star’s Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs have been enjoying a secret romance, it was revealed today.

The Essex-born pair, who are both among the favourites to win, are said to have shared their first kiss this week after falling for each other on the show.

Stacey, 19, was even caught on camera happily exclaiming, ‘Olly loves me’ and insiders say the pair are now a ‘hot item.’ Read the rest of this entry »