When Gamu Nhengu took to The X Factor stage on Saturday night, she wowed the audience and judges with her stunning, unique version of Walking on Sunshine.
Her performance has led her to become the bookies early favourite to steal Joe McElderry’s crown, but life hasn’t always been so sweet for Gamu.
She was just three when her dad died in Zimbabwe. Later, in a bid to give her family a better life, Gamu’s mum went to study at Stirling University, leaving her daughter to look after her brothers in poverty stricken Harare.
Gamu joined her mother in Tillicoutry, Scotland, when she was 13.
A family source told the Daily Record: “Gamu’s had a hard life but you’d never know. She has such a sunny disposition.”
The beautiful, articulate, young lady revealed that her X Factor hopes not only stem from a longing to perform, but also a yearning to give back something to her mother.
Geri Halliwell said: “I think she’ll be very proud of you – if you were my daughter I certainly would be.”
Gamu was also a favourite with Simon Cowell who said he “really really liked her.” The young singer is now 10-1 favourite at William Hill.