From X Factor to CBB - it's FAR from her first time in the spotlight

If you cast your mind back to the Winter of 2010, you may remember Katie Waissel bursting onto our screens as one of the live finalists on The X Factor.

Though she didn’t quite make it all the way to the top – Matt Cardle beat not only her, but Rebecca Ferguson and a little-known band named One Direction – she has stayed a familiar name in the minds of many.

Now, she’s capitalising on that fame with a stint on Celebrity Big Brother – the Summer 2016 edition! Here are five things to know about her…

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She has a band

Red Velvet: as well as being a highly delicious piece of confection, it is also the name of Katie’s beloved band. The Red Velvet Lovers were established in 2011, and are, in Katie’s words, ‘a proper band’.

Take a listen to their emotional 2013 track, I’m Fine:

Not a fan of Cheryl

Though the former Mrs Fernandez-Versini has one heck of a fanbase, someone who’s definitely is not a part of it is… Katie.

Since Cheryl mentored Katie (as well as Cher Lloyd) on The X Factor, their relationship has definitely soured, with Katie taking to the press in 2015 to call her ‘disgusting’ and ‘nasty’.

What’s more, Katie also aired her views on Liam Payne‘s surprise relationship with the Girls Aloud singer back in March, saying that she ‘doesn’t trust it’ and that she doesn’t want her to hurt him. Yikes.

GIF cheryl cryingShe’s a married lady

After her first marriage to model Brad Alphonso went south after TWO months in 2012, Katie has found love with comedian Brian Moote. Married since 2015, Katie and Brian live in the States, and frequent each other’s social media accounts with cutesy, coupled-up shots:

Mad love weekend vibes!! 💜💜💜 @mootecomedy

A post shared by Katie Waissel (@katiewaisselofficial) on

She has a parody account

The ultimate form of flattery in the digital age? A Twitter account, named ‘Katie Weasel’, has been up-and-running since October 2010. Though somewhat similarly named, the content of their tweets differ greatly – and unfortunately, the cheeky ‘Weasel’ account has been occasionally confused for the real thing. Awkward!

She LOVES a good workout

Two words: ABS. YES.

Will Katie do well on CBB? Let us know your thoughts @CelebsNow…

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