X Factor

Serenading the kibbutzniks

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

X Factor contestant Mary Byrne, from Dublin, was the guest of honour at an Israeli embassy reunion in London for kibbutz volunteers to mark the centenary of the collective movement.

She sang for guests, who were served their meals in a room mocked up as a kibbutz dining hall, and said that her year at Kibbutz Geva had "opened her mind to a world of peace".

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Glee cast: Don't Stop Believing

April 15, 2011
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The Glee cast perform the hit Journey song on X Factor.

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Waissel was badly treated, says X Factor's dancing king

December 9, 2010

If there is anyone who understands the agony of being berated by the X Factor judges, it is Brian Friedman.

As creative director of the show that has unified the nation in a TV ritual which ends this weekend with its grand final, Friedman knows what it's like to be panned as well as any of the contestants - only in his case, it is his staging and choreography that is the target. For that reason he felt enormous empathy with Katie Waissel, who was voted off the show two weeks ago, and puts a lot of his concern for her down to that "Jewish thing".

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Katie Waissel voted off X Factor

By Jessica Elgot, November 28, 2010

After spending four weeks in the bottom two of X Factor, Katie Waissel was sent home this week, receiving the least number of public votes.

Ms Waissel, from Pinner, sang the Kings of Leon song ‘Sex on Fire’ and REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ for the ‘Rock Week’ theme on Saturday night.

But it wasn’t enough to save her from the double eviction which also saw Brazilian singer Wagner sent home by the judges over Mary Byrne.

Ms Waissel told host Dermot O’Leary: “I am just grateful to have gotten this far.

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Katie Waissel sings the Beatles on X Factor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010
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Katie Waissel performs the Beatles hit Help on X Factor

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Katie Waissel helped in next round of X Factor

By Katie Taylor, November 22, 2010

Katie Waissel’s fortunes looked much brighter this week as she sailed through to the next round of the X Factor.

The 24-year-old looked shocked as her name was the first to be called to go through to next week’s show, hugging her fellow contestants and mentor Cheryl Cole.

On Saturday’s Beatles themed show, Katie sported a new 1960s haircut and sang the hit Help.

She received a mixed reaction from the judges. Dannii Minogue said: “Every week you say this is the real me, this is the real me and every week it’s something completely different.

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How I got Simon Cowell to give me a 'yes'

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2010

Clive Rich is a useful person to have on side.

He has successfully closed deals for some of the nation's most high-profile names including Robbie Williams, Simply Red, Tesco and Virgin. And then there are the 15 years he spent working with Simon Cowell, the multi-millionaire music entrepreneur.

Mr Rich, who works in partnership with leading law firm Olswang, also runs Rich Futures, where he spends half of his time on business negotiation - he is credited as being one of the UK's leading practitioners in this field.

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X Factor wedding singer Katie Waissel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

Katie Waissel has had more experience singing in front of an audience than she has let on.

The X Factor star delighted guests at her older sister Natalie's wedding in 2006 to Glenn Davis, with a rendition of Fred Astaire’s “The way you look tonight”.

“It was her way of showing how much she cared as a sister,” said Mrs Davis, who at 27 is three years older than Katie.

The wedding was held at the New West End Synagogue in London, the community Katie’s grandmother still belongs to. Mrs Davis said her sister made sure that the day was special.

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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.”

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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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