X Factor favourite Gamu Nhengu has spoken out for the first time since her shock exit from the programme.
"The show has ruined my life," says the 18-year-old, who bowed out at the judges' houses stage.
Gamu and her family fled Zimbabwe in 2002, but have been told to return to their country after her mother's visa application was denied.
Lawyers are currently battling to let them stay in Scotland.
Gamu says they face danger if they return, telling a Sunday paper: "People there know I've fled Mugabe's regime.
"If I hadn't been on X Factor everything would have been fine."
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