The X Factor boss wants Zimbabwean singer Gamu Nhengu to have another try

Simon Cowell has offered an olive branch to snubbed X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu, telling her that if she is able to remain in the UK, he wants her to audition for the show again.

‘I genuinely would like to help her,’ says Simon.

‘I want her to audition next year.’

‘She said the X Factor ruined her life, but I think she needs to look at it differently. It’s given her some recognition.’

After her controversial X Factor rejection by girls’ mentor Cheryl Cole at the judges’ houses stage of the show, Gamu hit the headlines when it was revealed that her family was facing deportation after her mum allegedly drew state benefits she was not entitled to – a claim she denies.

The case will come before an Immigration Tribunal on Friday.

Gamu, 18, appeared at the MOBOs last month alongside the likes of Tinie Tempah and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child – and she’s determined to find success. 

‘There’s more to come from me, God willing,’ Gamu tells the Johannesburg Times Live.

‘Everything happens for a reason. I felt really down about it.

‘No, I did not think this was the end of my career. I feel like this is what I was meant to do. It was a knock back, but it did not defeat me.

‘I’m working on my music at the moment, getting better with my writing and listening to different music, seeing where I can be placed in the music industry.

‘I just want to be an established artist. I can’t wait for my album to come out. I want to be someone.’

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