After her battle to stay in the UK, X Factor sensation Gamuchirai Nhengu is set to have the last laugh in the matter as she will soon be rubbing shoulders with the crème de la crème of American showbiz following her signing for a New York-based record label owned by rapper, 50 Cent.
Various websites reported recently that 50 Cent had moved to sign the Zimbabwean songstress to his G-Note stable after trailing her “for some time”.
A report on the MTV website, citing a statement from G-Note, launched in December last year, said Gamu would now be known as Miss Gamuchirai.
The website claims: “Miss Gamuchirai has been signed to 50 Cent’s new record label, G-Note! G-Note will focus on 50’s favourite acts that don’t fit neatly into G-Unit’s hip-hop categorisation and will favour pop, dance and R&B artists.”
It is believed 50 Cent had to wait until Gamu was released from her contract with the hit UK TV show, X Factor, before signing her.
X Factor acts are barred by contract from signing album deals before Christmas to give the X Factor winner a good chance of claiming the Xmas number one spot.
The revelations came days after Gamu opened a Twitter account and Facebook page using the name Miss Gamuchirai.
The website Microblogbuzz.com added: “It is believed that many labels have been interested in signing Gamu but G-Note offered the best deal and are best connected to make her dreams reality.”
Gamu was at the centre of controversy on last year’s X Factor, after judge Cheryl Cole picked audition flops Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd over her at Judges’ Houses.
More than 260 000 people signed a Facebook protest at her treatment, demanding that she be reinstated.
As the year ended, Internet search website Ask Jeeves said the most asked question was: “Why didn’t Cheryl Cole put Gamu through on X Factor?”
The 18-year-old then faced deportation back to her native Zimbabwe following allegations that her family visa had expired, but the UK Home Office has promised to look again into the matter after her family launched a court battle with the support of several MPs in Scotland where they live. — New Zimbabwe/Staff Writer