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Monday 25 May 2015

Stacey Solomon backs axed Gamu

Stacey Solomon thinks Gamu Nhengu should be given another chance
Stacey Solomon thinks Gamu Nhengu should be given another chance

Stacey Solomon has urged X Factor bosses to give axed hopeful Gamu Nhengu a second chance, joining a chorus of disapproval about her treatment.

More than 165,000 people have signed up to a Facebook group protesting that the singer should have been given a place in the talent show's final 12.

Cheryl Cole told Gamu she could not take her any further in the search for a singing star but fans have not given up on the 18-year-old student, who left her native Zimbabwe for Scotland five years ago.

Stacey - who reached the final of the show last year - gave her backing to the teenager, saying: "I think she should get a second chance, and everyone thinks it. But we'll see what happens. Everyone loves her, she was brilliant."

At least one of the rejected contestants will be given a lifeline at the weekend as a wild card on Saturday night's programme.

Stacey told the Press Association: "I don't want to say too much, because apparently there's a big twist. I'm like, 'It's so unfair', but who knows what's going to happen?"

Fans of the rejected singer have signed up to a Facebook page called Gamu Should Have Got Through.

Show bosses have denied reports that Cheryl was influenced by fears Gamu's visa will shortly run out. A spokeswoman for the ITV1 talent show said: "Gamu's visa being processed was not the reason that she didn't make the final 12."

Bookmakers clearly think will get a second chance. Paddy Power is offering odds of 11-2 on her winning the show - better odds than the 18-1 offered on Katie Waissel, who got through at Gamu's expense.

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