Scotland’s Storm Lee shows Braveheart in bid to win X Factor

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTS X FACTOR hopeful Storm Lee Gardner is gearing up for tomorrow night’s live show final by watching re-runs of hit film Braveheart.

He also wants to wear a kilt to perform on stage but has so far been thwarted by show bosses.

Older brother Gary Gardener, 40, who will be in the audience, said it was his way of trying to psyche himself up and counter the loneliness of being the only Scot left on the show.

Gary, from Sighthill in Edinburgh, said he thinks his younger brother Storm has been performing “incredibly well” on the show and all he needs to do now is to keep his focus.

He also travelled to London last weekend for the live shows with stepdaughter Shian, 25, and two children Amy, 14, Danny, 12, but only got a few minutes to speak to 37-year-old Storm.

He said: “I think he might be struggling a bit and is finding it hard to keep his focus because he is a bit lonely as he is the only Scot left in the competition, but I think seeing all of us there cheering him on really helped.

“He has been watching Braveheart repeatedly for the past couple of weeks, and really wanted to wear a kilt on stage but the show producers wouldn’t let him.” Continue reading

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Gamu still praying for an X-Factor miracle as Pastor steps in

By Amanda MacMillan

X FACTOR star Gamu Nhengu and her family have turned to God as the battle to keep her dream alive goes on.

18-year-old Gamu is being counselled by her local Pastor as the frenzy of her being booted off the show and out of the UK reaches its peak ahead of tomorrow’s (sat) finals.

Pastor John Locke from Hillfoots Evangelical Church in Tillicoultry told how he has been helping the deeply religious family cope with the pressure of the last few days as they pray for a miracle that will help keep them in the country.

He said: “I have had an intimate discussion with the family. Continue reading

Sandi Thom Backs X Factor Winner

By Alexander Lawrie

SCOTS pop singer Sandi Thom has expressed her delight at Alexandra Burke winning the X Factor crown.

In a message to her fans on Myspace, the Macduff-born singer said Alexandra was “a great British talent” who deserved her victory.

Thom, 27, also revealed to fans she is “really excited” to be asked to play at Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations at Edinburgh Castle.

And she hopes her performance will still go to plan – after her cat bit her finger sending it to swell to twice its normal size.

She said: “So who watched the X Factor? You know I did. Wow! What a nail biter. I’m so chuffed that Alexandra won. She’s such a great British talent and I was so overwhelmed by her performance with Beyonce.

“I had the kleenex out I tell ya. Beyonce’s such an amazing woman and I can only imagine how Alex felt to be standing next to her on stage. I had a lump in my throat for her.

“Yip, she deserved to win that hands down.”

The I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker singer, who was discovered after broadcasting gigs from her bedroom on the internet, is also looking forward to performing at this year’s Edinburgh New Year celebrations.

She said: “So ho, ho, ho. It’s almost Xmas, and I haven’t done any of my shopping. But, all is not lost cos I’ve still got a few more weeks to go.

“So I’m on my way to Glasgow at the mo(ment) to rehearse for the Edinburgh New Year’s celebrations at Edinburgh Castle.

“Really excited cos I get to play with a big pipe band which is gonna be amazing.”

And the T in the Park star has also revealed she is currently recovering from a nasty wound to her hand – after her pet cat nibbled on her finger.

She said: “So my fingers getting better, for those of you that haven’t heard, my scared little kitty bit me the other night and it got infected.

“Swelled up like a balloon but I got penicillin from the doc and its getting better, hooray.

“Anyhow time to get off and do some work. Really excited about the tour…won’t reveal my special guests just yet but I can tell ya they’re very special.”