SHE'S BACK: Gamu Nhengu
FORMER X FACTOR contestant Gamu Nhengu is gearing up for chart success with news that she is to release her debut single in April.
The Zimbabwe-born singer became a household name on the 2010 series of the popular ITV1 show when judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live shows, favouring controversial acts Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel.
Cole's decision caused untold outrage among viewers and the wider public, with claims of racism and others sending the Girls Aloud star death threats.
The media exposure also triggered a brief storm about her family’s visa status, although they have always lived in the UK legally, and when their case went to court, it was dismissed in a matter of minutes.
But the 21-year-old has put that all behind her now as she prepares to launch her solo career.
Her official first single, Shake The Room, is her formal introduction to the world as a solo artist with a sound she has dubbed Nu: Vintage. It is taken from the album A Love Like This, which will be released in the summer.
Gamu took a year to complete her debut album, peppered with 1960s inspiration and mixed with the mainstream pop and R&B, because she wanted to make sure her first offering was something she could be proud of.
“I wanted to make something that would last,” she says, “something timeless, classic and classy – like a Chanel suit”.