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Gamu Nhengu

Occupation: Singer

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: 1992

Gamu Nhengu first appeared on ITV talent show The X Factor, where she blew judges away with her rendition of 'Walking On Sunshine' by Katrina And The Waves. The young singer easily progressed through the competition until she was denied a spot in the live finals of the programme by mentor Cheryl Cole. However, the public failed to agree with the judge's decision and the ensuing controversy - dubbed "Gamugate" - resulted in death threats, seven days of media furore, and outcry over claims that she had been axed due to issues with her visa. Although no longer in the competition, Nhengu remains in the public eye as she battles against an attempt to deport her family from the UK.
Who else could do a Cheryl Cole-style U-turn? 6 other things X Factor could bring back A look back at some classic X Factor auditions. 'X Factor': 10 unforgettable auditions The singer premieres the music video for her first single. 'X Factor' Gamu's debut single - video Water-throwing, happy-slapping and more in X Factor's 10 most shocking moments. 'X Factor's 10 most shocking moments We look back at the best X Factor acts who were axed before the Live Shows. 'X Factor': The Ones That Got Away Zimbabwe-born singer says she is "grateful" to have competed in The X Factor. Gamu: 'I understand Cheryl Cole axe' Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu was previously told to leave the UK. 'X Factor' Gamu wins deportation fight Simon Cowell copies Gamu Nhengu's 'Walking On Sunshine' on X Factor USA. Cowell reuses Gamu track on 'X Factor' X Factor admits Kitty Brucknell's performance was altered with a "robotic effect". 'X Factor' denies Kitty Auto-Tuning Amelia Lily should have stayed on X Factor, Digital Spy readers say. Amelia 'should have stayed on X Factor' Gamu Nhengu claims her axe from The X Factor worked to her benefit. Gamu: 'X Factor axe worked out well' Former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her mother are granted leave to stay in the UK. 'X Factor' Gamu wins right to stay in UK 50 Cent signs X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu to his label, reports suggest. 50 Cent signs 'X Factor' reject Gamu? Simon Cowell predicted that Gamu Nhengu would win The X Factor after Boot Camp. Cowell predicted Gamu 'X Factor' win Reality Bites counts down the Best of X Factor 2010 from numbers 5 to 1. 'X Factor' Best of 2010 Countdown (5-1) Reality Bites counts down the Best of X Factor 2010 from numbers 10 to 6. 'X Factor' Best of 2010 Countdown (10-6) X Factor's Gamu Nhengu and her family win the latest round of their visa fight. 'X Factor' Gamu visa decision reversed Controversial X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu confirms the details of her Christmas single. Gamu Nhengu Xmas single details revealed Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu's family are given the right to appeal against deportation. 'X Factor' Gamu to appeal visa decision Cheryl Cole denies that X Factor's production team had any say in Gamu Nhengu's exit. Cheryl clears up Gamu exit confusion Gamu Nhengu says that she would like Cher Lloyd to win The X Factor. Gamu: 'I'm supporting Cher Lloyd' Gamu Nhengu says that she has no hard feeling towards The X Factor's Cheryl Cole. Gamu: 'No hard feelings for Cheryl Cole' Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu will reportedly attend this evening's MOBO Awards. Gamu to duet with JLS at Mobos? Gamu Nhengu reveals that neither Cheryl Cole nor Simon Cowell have phoned since her exit from The X Factor. Gamu: 'Cheryl, Simon haven't called' Sinitta reveals that she was so shocked by Gamu Nhengu's axe from The X Factor that she texted Cheryl Cole. Sinitta 'texted Cole over Gamu axe' Usher says that he hopes axed X Factor singer Gamu achieves her dreams. Usher 'hopes Gamu gets second chance' Gamu Nhengu claims that she could face a firing squad if she goes back to Zimbabwe. Gamu 'facing firing squad in Zimbabwe' Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak out about Gamu-gate on The Xtra Factor. Cole, Cowell defend Gamu axe on 'Xtra' Cheryl Cole denies that she was pressured into eliminating Gamu Nhengu from The X Factor. Cole claims responsibility for Gamu exit Simon Cowell reportedly steps in to help prevent Gamu Nhengu and her family being deported. Cowell 'fighting Gamu deportation order' Bookmakers tip Treyc Cohen to be the most successful wildcard act on The X Factor. Treyc tipped for 'X Factor' wildcard success Cheryl Cole reportedly wants the controversy around Gamu's X Factor exit discussed on the show. Cole 'wants Gamu controversy put to bed' X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman insists that Gamu's exit was totally down to Cheryl Cole. Brian Friedman: 'Gamu axe was all Cheryl' A Scottish minister calls for X Factor star Gamu's deportation order to be rescinded. Scottish Government backs 'X Factor' Gamu Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole reportedly blame each other for the fallout over Gamu's X Factor exit. Cowell, Cole 'fall out over Gamu axe' Cheryl Cole reportedly increases her home security after being targeted by death threats. Cheryl Cole 'freaked out by death threats' Cheryl Cole is reportedly the target of death threats after axing Gamu Nhengu from The X Factor. Cheryl Cole 'targeted by death threats' The X Factor's Gamu Nhengu reportedly faces deportation if she does not return to Zimbabwe within days. 'X Factor' Gamu 'told to leave UK' Paddy Power claim that they have had a "betting frenzy" on X Factor's Gamu Nhengu. Betting frenzy on 'X Factor' Gamu Gamu Nhengu has not been picked as Cheryl Cole's X Factor wildcard, according to reports. Gamu 'not picked as Cheryl's wildcard'