Katie Waissel

Katie Waissel's dad: 'abuse is heartbreaking'

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The father of tormented X Factor contestant Katie Waissel has admitted that vicious internet abuse and tabloid rumours about his daughter have left him and his family “heartbroken”.

Maurice Waissel said it was hard to cope as a parent of a child who is subject to a media hate campaign — and he cannot help but read about it. “She’s been getting these idiotic death threats over the internet. The threats aren’t specific — they just say, ‘we want you to die’.”

Messages on Twitter have included: “Who’s coming on a murder hunt with me? Target Katie Waissel.”


Katie Waissel's family album

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

She's on our screens and in our living rooms every weekend, but what did Katie Waissel look like before she was famous. Some exclusive snaps of Katie over the years.

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Katie Waissel: X Factor fashion

By Katie Taylor, November 17, 2010

Jewish star Katie Waissel has been making waves since her X Factor debut for her unusual, some would say controversial, style. We take a look at some of her best and worst looks.

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Katie Waissel: Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010
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Katie Waissel performs an Elton John song on Saturday's X Factor.


Katie Waissel keeps X Factor place in close vote

By Katie Taylor, November 15, 2010

It was déjà vu for Katie Waissel on the X Factor as the Jewish contestant had to sing for survival for yet another week in a row.

She was placed in the bottom two for a fifth time in the series but managed to keep her place in the competition.

After performing, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting on Saturday’s Elton John themed show, Ms Waissel looked enthusiastic and high spirited in what she called a ‘comeback song’. However, the judges were sceptical.

Judge Louis Walsh said: “It was a throwaway, forgetful performance.”


Katie Waissel sings No Doubt on X Factor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2010
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Decide for yourself whether she deserved to be in the bottom two of X Factor - yet again.


Tearful Katie Waissel clings on to X Factor spot

By Katie Taylor, November 8, 2010

Katie Waissel was voted into the bottom two acts of X Factor for a third time this series.

After her rendition of No Doubt’s Don’t Speak on Saturday’s American themed show failed to impress the audience, she sang for survival for the second week in a row.

Judge Danni Minogue told the Jewish singer: “For some reason I just didn’t connect, I think you were thinking about the performance and where you were moving.”

Simon Cowell added: “It kind of fell apart in the middle.

“The vocals fell off and it looked like you were struggling.”


Katie Waissel has X Factor audience 'bewitched'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2010
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The Jewish songbird performed Bewitched on this week's X Factor, but it wasn't enought to put her safely through and she narrowly escaped being voted out of the competition.


'Scary' Katie Waissel clings on to X Factor place

By Katie Taylor, November 1, 2010

It was another tense week of X Factor for Jewish hopeful Katie Waissel, as she had to sing for survival for a second time this series.

She failed to win over fans after her rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s Bewitched on Saturday night’s Halloween themed show.

Her witch outfit, with large back-combed hair and white false eyelashes, was unpopular. Dannii Minogue told her: “The makeup was a little bit scary tonight.

“It was distracting from your singing.”


Katie Waissel: King of the Swingers on X Factor

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2010
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Katie Waissel sings her way to another week of this year's X Factor.