X Factor

X Factor's Katie Waissel: this year's Stacey Solomon?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

Jewish singer Katie Waissel has made it through to the live show stage of this year's X Factor.

The 24-year-old from Hertfordshire is one of 12 acts to be taken through from the judges houses stage of the competition.


Hall of Infamy: Dermot O'Leary

September 29, 2010

"It was like Sophie’s Choice choosing the tracks, there are so many impressive performances."


Will Katie get X-Factor axe?

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2010

After all the excitement over Stacey Solomon last year, is there anyone with the J-factor this year?

Step up Katie Waissel (left) from Hertfordshire, who made her mark at last week's X Factor audition by forgetting the lines to Queen's We Are the Champions and successfully persuading the judges to let her do another song instead.

But the participation of the part-time receptionist - who went under the name Katie Vogel aka Katie V when we spoke to her about her singing ambitions a few months ago - may
be short-lived.


X Factor singer Katie's musical past

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

X Factor hopeful Katie Waissel has run into controversy just days after appearing in the first programme in the series.

The Jewish singer from north London, who claimed to be a part-time receptionist with no musical experience to speak of, has in fact recorded music under the name Lola Fontaine and earlier this year released a jazz-inspired song collection.


X Factor star records debut single

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2010

Stacey Solomon has recorded the 1940s song ‘At Last’ as her first solo single.

The X Factor star and former King Solomon High School pupil is to release a version of the classic tune in aid of the Royal Air Force.

The 20-year-old is fronting a campaign to reunite members of the Squadronaires, an RAF band formed during the Second World War.

“My cousin's serving at the moment and my granddad was actually in the RAF as well, so it means quite a lot to me,” she said.

Stacey previously performed the song during the Diva Week of the 2009 series of X Factor.


Cowell: Stacey Solomon 'too much like Leona'

December 13, 2009

X Factor judge Simon Cowell blamed her mentor Dannii Minogue for ruining Stacey Solomon’s chances of winning the competition.

She narrowly missed out on being in the final and Simon said Dannii’s made a tactical error by making herappear too much like previous winner Leona Lewis.

“If Stacey were to win the show, we would have to go right back to where she started from when we first saw her,” he was reported as telling the News of the World.


Stacey Solomon out of X Factor

By Jessica Elgot, December 12, 2009

Stacey Solomon has finished in third place in the final of X Factor, which was watched by 20 million viewers.

Stacey, who was mentored by Dannii Minogue, was voted out of the ITV show despite never having been in the bottom two of the competition.

Speaking after the vote, Stacey said: "I came third, that's really good. I'm really proud. I've had the time of my life. Thanks to everyone who kept me here to the final."


Stacey Solomon and Dannii Minogue go back to Essex school

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Madness descended on Barkingside this week when X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon visited her former school.

Hundreds of King Solomon High School pupils lined the car park on Tuesday, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 20-year-old, who left mid-way through her A-levels three years ago.

They chanted and waved homemade banners with the words: “We love Stacey” and “Stacey has the Essex Factor”.

After more than an hour, a blacked-out car glided through the school gates and the crowd went wild.


Gordon Brown: I'm backing Stacey Solomon

By Jessica Elgot, November 20, 2009

Gordon Brown has revealed that he and his family are backing Stacey Solomon to win The X Factor.

The Prime Minister threw his support behind the Dagenham diva, who is the only girl left in the competition, after the controversial departure of Welsh warbler Lucie Jones.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, Mr Brown said he had been impressed by Stacey, before adding that he wished all the singers well, claiming he watches the show with his wife Sarah and sons John and Fraser.