Waisell performing on the X Factor Live Tour
|Also known as||Katie Vogel
24 January 1986 |
Harefield, London, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Pop, soul, jazz, rock, funk|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, reality star|
|Labels||Chamberlain Records (2012–)
KV Recordings (2010–12)
|Associated acts||The X Factor finalists 2010, River Gods, The Private Life of David Reed, Red Velvet Lovers|
Katie Waissel (born 27 January 1986), also known by her former stage name Katie Vogel, is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame when she finished seventh in the seventh series of The X Factor. One of the most controversial contestants in the show's history, she was initially the centre of criticism for being chosen for the live shows despite stumbling through her song at the judge's house twice, and later for progressing in the show further than fan favourites Aiden Grimshaw and Gamu Nhengu. After X Factor, Waissel continued her solo career for a short while and released her debut album. She is currently lead singer of rock band Red Velvet.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 Tours
- 5 Filmography
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
2008–2010: Early career and Green Eyed World
In mid-to-late 2009, Waissel (then under her stage name Katie Vogel) starred in an interactive, online reality show Green Eyed World, officially sponsored by Sprite. Hundreds of performers were reviewed by the Sprite team and Katie was selected. The show focused on her journey in the US and Europe in hopes of a record label in 14 episodes of roughly 5 minutes in length each. Sprite experimented with the world's first YouTube/Facebook digital connection – and the show was deemed a success with hundreds of thousands of connections that leveraged Katie's ability to establish a positive connection with the brand and fans.
During her time on the show, Waissel shot a music video for her song "Live and Learn", which has not been fully released, and released a five-track EP, Songs from Under the Covers under "KatieVRecords". A song recorded at the time, a duet with The Private Life of David Reed "Moving Mountains", later appeared on their self-titled album during her time on The X Factor under the alias "Lola Fontaine". Waissel has been on tour with East 17 and Andy Abraham Sometime after the show, Waissel performed in Hollywood for Paris Hilton together with friend and fellow contestant X Factor Storm Lee.
2010: The X Factor
Before auditioning for The X Factor, Waissel was working as a former receptionist, waitress and once worked at OK! magazine. At her audition, she sang Queen's "We Are the Champions", but forgot some of the words. She then sang "At Last" by Etta James, and was put through to bootcamp by Cole and Cowell. At bootcamp, she sang "Make You Feel My Love" and reacted with shock when she was the first girl put through to the judges houses. She fell to pieces when performing the song "Smile" in front of Cole and will.i.am at the judges' houses stage, and had to stop to compose herself after crying, stating that "it's an emotional song for me". Despite stumbling through her song for the second time, Cole picked her as one of her final three girls. This was a very controversial decision as many viewers did not feel that Waissel deserved her place in the live shows over girls who did not forget their words or break down during their performance.
In week 1 of the live shows, she sang "We Are the Champions". She was put in the bottom three as a result of the public vote, but because Nicolo Festa polled the fewest votes, Waissel had to sing in the final showdown with F.Y.D., the other bottom three act from week 1. She sang "Don't Let Me Down" in the final showdown and was saved from elimination by the judges by a majority vote, with only Cowell (F.Y.D.'s mentor) voting against her. In the second week of the live shows, Katie sang "I'd Rather Go Blind". She managed to avoid the bottom three this week and secured a place to the third week, where she sang "I Wan'na Be Like You". In the fourth week she sang "Bewitched" and was in the final showdown with Belle Amie. Judges votes were deadlocked this time, but Waissel was announced as safe when it was revealed that Belle Amie had the fewest votes. She was in the final showdown again the next week after performing "Don't Speak" but was saved by a majority vote over Treyc Cohen when Cole refused to vote for either of her acts, while Cowell and Walsh voted to eliminate Cohen.
Waissel was in the final showdown for a third successive week when she sang "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", and this had been the fourth time Waissel had been in the final showdown. The judges votes were tied once again, but the public vote showed Aiden Grimshaw received fewer votes and he was eliminated. This was the first time in the show's history that a contestant was put into the final showdown four times and survived. In week 8, she performed "Sex on Fire" and "Everybody Hurts". In the series' third double elimination, Waissel received the fewest number of votes and was automatically eliminated. Overall, she came 7th in the competition.
Waissel performed the following songs on The X Factor:
|Auditions||"At Last"||Free choice||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp||"Make You Feel My Love"||Through to home visits|
|Home visits||"Smile"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||"We Are the Champions"||Number-one singles||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Live Show 1)||"Don't Let Me Down"||Free choice||Saved by judges' vote|
|Live show 2||"I'd Rather Go Blind"||Heroes||Safe|
|Live show 3||"I Wan'na Be Like You"||Guilty Pleasures||Safe|
|Live show 4||"Bewitched"||Halloween||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Live Show 4)||"Trust in Me"||Free choice||Saved by public vote|
|Live show 5||"Don't Speak"||American anthems||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Live Show 5)||"Don't Give Up on Me"||Free choice||Saved by judges' vote|
|Live show 6||"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"||Songs by Elton John||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Live Show 6)||"Save Me From Myself"||Free choice||Saved by public vote|
|Live show 7||"Help!"||Songs by The Beatles||Safe|
|Live show 8||"Sex on Fire"||Rock||Eliminated|
2011–present: Katie Waissel, Red Velvet and X Factor 2014 Final
Shortly before her elimination, it was revealed Jay-Z had an interest in signing Waissel and fellow X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd to his label, Takeover Roc Nation. It seems unlikely however, that these plans came to light. On 17 March 2012 Waissel released her self-titled debut album on Chamberlain Records, which consists of recordings from her time on Green Eyed World. The song "The Ugly Truth" was used to promote the album – she performed the song on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Late Late Show, and embarked on a short shopping mall tour – although it was not released as a single. In June 2011, Waissel announced she is currently working on another album, and promised it will be a "dirty, sexy, rock 'n' roll" album. In July, she revealed her new band, called "Red Velvet Lovers", and according to Waissel are a "proper band". In August 2011, Waissel revealed Red Velvet Lovers were working on their debut studio album with an unnamed music producer who had worked with singers such as Kesha and Lady Gaga. Later the band was renamed to simply "Red Velvet", and commonly referred to as "Red Velvet band" to avoid confusion.
In May 2013, Red Velvet released their first song for free download, entitled "I'm Fine", about Waissel's failed marriage to Alphonso, adding a message on her Twitter page thanking her fans for their support. Three more songs, "F*ck You", "High Fashion", and "Say It", were released for free download in June.
On Saturday 13th December 2014, Katie Waissel performed in an ultimate X Factor medley with other ex-contestants at the X Factor UK 2014 final. After the performance, Katie Waissel was seen to be whispering the words "You owe me" to head panelist and show boss Simon Cowell. The morning after rumours had began to circulate, following a tweet from Waissel containing the hashtags "confirmed" and "chair", that Waissel could be a new judge on the 2015 series of X Factor.
Katie was born and grew up in Harefield, Middlesex. As a child, she was a tomboy and had a hard time fitting in, and was often teased by other girls. Upon bringing the subject up, she was brought to tears. In 2009, she almost married producer Philipp Schwinger in Las Vegas, however they both backed out at the very last minute. The couple later split. In September 2012 she married male model Brad Alphonso. She announced that they had split after two months of marriage on 30 December 2012. Waissel is Jewish.
|Songs from Under the Covers||
As featured performer
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(with The X Factor finalists)
|"I Don't Know Why"
(River Gods feat. Katie Vogel)
|2006||Chilled Winter Classics|
(The Private Life of David Reed feat. Lola Fontaine)[a]
|2010||The Private Life of David Reed|
^ a "Moving Mountains" was later also included on Waissel's self-titled album, as "Katie Waissel feat. David Reed".
- 2011: The X Factor Live Tour 2011
|2009||Green Eyed World||Herself||Interactive online reality show, sponsored by Sprite.|
|2010, 2014||The X Factor||Contestant||Series 7, came seventh in the competition.
Returned as part of a medley of past contestants in the Eleventh series.
- Rachel Quigley (7 September 2010). "X Factor bosses decide to keep Madonna wannabe Katie Waissel in the competition... despite her U.S. record deal". Daily Mail.
- Jody Thompson (4 October 2010). "X Factor controversy as Katie Waissel goes through despite fluffing audition while Gamu Nhengu gets a 'no'". Daily Mail.
- "How The X Factor And Sony BMG Fixed It For Katie Waissel, aka Katie Vogel". anorak. 23 August 2010.
- "X Factor duo Storm Lee and Katie Waissel played Hollwood [sic] for Paris Hilton". Daily Mirror. 24 September 2010.
- "X Factor 2010's Katie Waissel used to work for OK!". OK!. 5 October 2010.
- Sarah Bull (1 October 2010). "X Factor 2010: It's tears, tears and more tears as Cher, Katie and Gamu go through to judges' houses". Daily Mail.
- Cara Lee (4 October 2010). "Cheryl blasted over Gamu axe". The Sun.
- Bull, Sarah (31 October 2010). "X Factor 2010: Flaky Katie Waissel survives by the skin of her teeth as Simon Cowell is down to one act after Belle Amie are voted off". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- Johnson, Chris (7 November 2010). "Controversy as Cheryl Cole refuses to vote: Treyc Cohen sent packing on X Factor as Katie Waissel is saved by Simon and Louis". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- Sheridan, Emily (14 November 2010). "X Factor 2010: Shock as former bookies favourite Aiden Grimshaw leaves after losing the public vote to Katie Waissel". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- Johnson, Chris (28 November 2010). "X Factor 2010: Katie Waissel gets the boot... shortly followed by Wagner as judges decide to save Mary Byrne in double eviction night". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- Jay-Z 'Wants To Sign X Factor's Cher & Katie
- 'X Factor' Katie Waissel making 'dirty, sexy' album, Digital Spy, 20 June 2011
- 'X Factor' Katie Waissel forms rock band 'Red Velvet Lovers', Digital Spy, 20 June 2011
- Red Velvet Band on Soundcloud – I'm Fine
- Green Eyed World, Episode 3 on YouTube
- Green Eyed World, Episode 8 on YouTube
- Katie Waissel ties the knot with male model Brad Alphonso in secret ceremony Katie Waissel ties the knot with male model Brad Alphonso in secret ceremony
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- "X Factor – The Finalists 2010". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "Archive Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- Various: Chilled Winter Classics – Discogs