X Factor 2010: Gamu Nhengu reveals racist abuse

by Lisa McGarry

X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu has revealed that many viewers of the show have posted hateful comments about her online, claiming that she is an illegal refugee in Britain.

The Zimbabwean singer, who has lived in Scotland for the last five years, was seen on a recent X factor episode, impressing the judges with her updated version of Katrina And The Waves Walking On Sunshine. The rendition won her a place in bootcamp and a pleased Simon Cowell told her:

Gamu I really really liked you. You have this old school jazz voice and I think you are really talented.

However, the teenager has admitted that viewers comments have reduced her to tears on many occasions, since she shot to fame on the ITV programme.

Gamu told The Daily Star:

“I’ve had some horrible things posted about me on internet forums and YouTube. A lot of it has been race related, with people calling me a refugee.”

“It hurts and it’s been hard to read, especially because it’s all lies.

“I’m basically foreign and I get a visa which needs renewing. We are currently in the process of renewing now. I’m not an illegal immigrant, I’m not a refugee.”

She continued: “There’s been tears and tantrums when I didn’t want to leave the house.

“I’ve had moments when I cried and consoled myself behind closed doors but then I’d come out fighting again.

“My visa process is going through as it should be. I’m not going to be kicked out of the country.”

Gamu also revealed that elements of bootcamp were hard to deal with saying:

“There were lots of tears and stress at Boot Camp.”

“Some days were really long and everyone was putting pressure on themselves to do well. They don’t call it Boot Camp for no reason.

“But I don’t regret doing any of it.

“In a way it has helped improve my confidence.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!