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24 September 2017 14:00 (South Africa)

Zim X Factor contestant must return home from UK

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Gamu Nhengu, the X Factor contestant who was kicked off the show last Saturday, has been ordered by the UK Border Agency to return to Zimbabwe. Nhengu,18, has lived in Scotland for the last five years, but her mother's study visa has expired, and the family must now return home. X Factor judge Sheryl Cole attracted much criticism for her decision not to pick Nhengu as one of her top three contestants, and was accused of racism. More than 200,000 supporters have joined a Facebook Group called "Gamu should have got through", and there is an outside chance that she will make it back on the show by being picked as a wildcard this coming Saturday. After South African Idols Judge Mara Louw's shenanigans on Sunday's show, perhaps M-Net should consider bringing Nhengu in to replace her?  Read more: The Independent

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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