Gamu star attraction at UK's biggest black entertainment show
LIVERPOOL, UK – Zimbabwean X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu has said she is over the pain of being kicked off the ITV talent show.\r\n
The 18-year-old who has been subject of hate campaign by a Zimbabwean website run by Zimbabwean asylum seeker based in Wales- awaits news of whether she will be deported to her native Zimbabwe – spoke out as she made a special guest appearance at the 15th annual Mobo awards.
The singer, who stole hearts in the early X Factor rounds with her quirky performances, spoke of her torment after judge Cheryl Cole chose not to send her through to the live stages.
Saying that she is currently discussing new music projects, Nhengu said: "Have I got over the pain? I guess so.
"The papers don’t let me forget it much.
"It was gutting but the love I’ve got from people has definitely helped, definitely helped to heal the wound."
She denied it was difficult still watching the show, adding: "No, it’s fantastic, I love it, you know everybody who’s in it and you are rooting for them, you’re really hoping they don’t fall over on stage or do anything.
"Everybody’s been really great and the competition is crazy this year."
The teenager might still be deported to her native Zimbabwe and is battling to stay in Britain, and when asked if issues about her visa to stay had been resolved, she answered: "It’s still a little up in the air we don’t know what’s happening and haven’t had any contact yet."
At the awards, X Factor runners-up JLS and MC sensation Tinie Tempah took the ceremony by storm with both acts landing two gongs in a star-studded ceremony held at Liverpool’s waterfront Echo Arena.
Gamu spoke fondly of the other girls on the show who took her place.
“I’ve loved the other girls from the beginning. I think Cher is absolutely talented and Katie has this old school thing going on. I love my girls and really support them. I am really proud of them and I watch every Saturday.”
The star even said she had “no hard feelings” against her mentor Cheryl Cole.