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Sinitta
Sinitta.jpg
Sinitta in 2012
Born Sinitta Malone
(1963-10-19) 19 October 1963 (age 54)[1]
Seattle, Washington, United States
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality AmericanBritish
Occupation Singer, television personality, dancer, actress
Years active 1981–present
Television Grease Is The Word
Big Brother's Bit on the Side[2]
Spouse(s) Andy Willner (m. 2002; div. 2010)
Children 2
Parent(s) Miquel Brown (mother)
Relatives Amii Stewart (aunt)
Website sinitta.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels

Sinitta Malone (born 19 October 1963), known professionally as Sinitta, is an American-British singer. She initially found commercial success in the mid-1980s with the single "So Macho" and had several other hits during the decade. In the 2000s, she became known for television appearances, including Loose Women, The Xtra Factor and This Morning. She took part in the ITV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2011. Her net worth in 2016 was estimated to be £7 million.[3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1981, Sinitta appeared in the film Shock Treatment as Frankie, although Sinitta was credited as Sinitta Renet.[4][5] Sinitta continued her career by appearing in several West End productions most notably the first production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber play Cats.[6][7] She also appeared later in Little Shop of Horrors.

1986 – 1988: Sinitta! and "So Macho"[edit]

In 1986, Sinitta released the single "So Macho", which debuted at 59 on the UK charts;[8] the single remained rather low in the charts although in August 1986 "So Macho" reached Number 16 on the charts and then reached Number 5 the following week.[9][10] The subsequent week "So Macho" reached Number 2 in the UK scoring its highest position on the charts and also giving Sinitta her first Top 3 charting single.[11][12][13] "So Macho" spent the following six consecutive weeks with the Top 15 in the UK. Alongside this success in the UK "So Macho" reached the Top 20 in Sweden, Australia and Austria. "So Macho" subsequently became the highest charting of Sinitta'"s entire career. Sinitta's second single "Feels Like the First Time" was far less commercially successful and also only charted at Number 45. In 1987, Sinitta released the first lead single of her upcoming debut album. The first lead single was "Toy Boy", the single debuted at Number 41 and later climbed to Number 4 on the UK Charts at which it successfully remained for three consecutive weeks.[14][15][16] For eight weeks the single remained in the Top 20. The track also reached Number 3 in Switzerland, while also reaching the Top 15 of Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Germany. Sinitta then released the second lead single of the album, "GTO"; the single reached Number 15 on the UK charts.[17] "GTO" also became Sinitta's first hit in Spain reaching Number 3. The track also reached Number 11 in Switzerland, Number 9 in Norway and Number 13 in Ireland. Sinitta later released her debut album Sinitta! performed moderately and only charted at Number 34 in the UK.[18] Alongside this album reached Number 69 in Australia. In 1988, Sinitta released "Cross My Broken Heart" from Sinitta! which reached Number 6 and Number 7 in the UK and Ireland respectively. The track also charted at Number 12 in Spain thus becoming her second Top 15 charting single in Spain. Sinitta then released the track the fourth track from Sinitta's debut album "I Don't Believe In Miracles", which reached Number 22 on the charts.

1989 – 1990: Wicked and "Right Back Where We Started From"[edit]

In 1989 Sinitta moved away from working directly with Stock Aitken Waterman, however she did continue to work with Pete Hammond, Phil Harding and Ian Curnow with PWL.[19] The second album was confirmed to be called Wicked. The first lead single of the album was called "Right Back Where We Started From", which debuted at Number 19 in the United Kingdom and later rose to Number 6 on the charts.[20][21] The following week the track successfully climbed to Number 4 in the UK, holding down this position for the subsequent week.[22][23] For the subsequent four weeks the single remained in the Top 30. Alongside this, "Right Back Where We Started From" charted across the rest of Europe, notably reaching Number 7 in Finland and the Top 25 in Denmark, Spain and Germany. "Right Back Where We Started From" also charted successfully in Oceania, reaching Number 7 in Australia and Number 2 in New Zealand, thus becoming her highest charting single in both countries. In addition to this success the track managed to gained positions on three year-end charts, reaching Number 45 in Australia, Number 38 in New Zealand and Number 49 in the UK.[24][25][26] Also as a follow-up lead single Sinitta released "Love on a Mountain Top", which climbed to Number 20 on the UK Charts and Number 81 in Australia.[27] The final lead single of the album, however, was the least successful out of the three, failing to chart at all. In 1990, Sinitta released the single "Hitchin' a Ride", which performed moderately, charting at Number 20 in the UK, and "Love and Affection" only charted at Number 62.

1992 – 1997: "Shame Shame Shame" and "Naughty Naughty"[edit]

In July 1992, "Shame Shame Shame" debuted at Number 31 on the UK Charts,[28] the single then peaked at 28.[29] The following year in April Sinitta released her single "The Supreme", which only reached Number 49 in the UK.[30] In 1995, Sinitta released a cover album called Naughty Naughty, which was also the only album of Sinitta's to be released in Asia[31][32] She appeared on the cast recording album for What a Feeling, a live recording taken from the Apollo Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 1997. She replaced Irene Cara to tour with Sonia (also a former SAW artist) and Luke Goss (formerly of Bros) in the rock and pop musicals concert, What a Feeling[33] in 1997.

2004 – 2016: The X Factor era, television and judging[edit]

Sinitta made her premiere appearance on The X Factor in the first series during 2004, when she assisted Simon Cowell at the Judges Houses stage, helping to select his final three acts for the Live Show, the eventual winner being Steve Brookstein.[34][35] During 2005 Sinitta helped Cowell one more, this time choosing the final three groups. In 2006 she helped Cowell select Leona Lewis , who became the second winner chosen by them, with Lewis becoming one of the most successful acts of the show.[36][37][38] In 2009 Sinitta returned to the show again for the Judges Houses stage and she then helped to choose Olly Murs. During 2007, Sinitta became a judge on the ITV show Grease Is the Word.[39][40][41] The next year of 2008 Sinitta joined the cast of the daytime ITV show Loose Women as a presenter.[42][43][44] The subsequent year in 2010 Sinitta then helped Cowell again where she chose One Direction who have thus become the biggest act to ever come out of the X Factor;[45][46][47][48] in 2011 however for the first time Sinitta assisted Louis Walsh rather than Cowell. In November 2011, Sinitta was confirmed to be taking part on the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! as one of the contestants and would be entering the jungle on Day 3.[49][50][51] In 2013 Sinitta helped Walsh to select Nicholas McDonald who eventually finished second, and in the same year Sinitta performed the 1980s hit song "Take On Me" in Children in Need 2013.[52][53] In December 2013, Sinitta appeared on Celebrity Come Dine with Me alongside Danniella Westbrook, Louie Spence and Hugo Taylor.[54][55] During 2014 Sinitta was announced to be joining the cast of the new upcoming Channel 4 reality TV show "The Jump".[56][57] Sinitta was eliminated fourth overall, placing seventh.[58][59][60][61] In 2014, Sinitta returned to her music career, her comeback single being "So Many Men, So Little Time".[62] Sinitta later performed her single at the London festival "Pride".[63][64][65] In 2014 Sinitta returned to assist Simon Cowell again when she helped to choose Fleur East and Ben Haenow, who came second and won the show respectively.[66][67][68] During 2009, Sinitta became one of the main presenters on The Xtra Factor on which she interviewed the contestants friends and family.[69] In 2011 Sinitta returned to the show during the live show stages as one of the presenters who visited the finalists' home towns. Her segment on the show became regular and carried on into 2012 and subsequently 2013 and 2014. In 2016 she was announced as the producer and also one of the lead presenters of the Xtra Factor and she stated that she had "revamped" the whole show.[70][71] In 2016, Sinitta appeared in the hit reality TV show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway as a recurring character.[72][73][74] Alongside this during 2016 Sinitta became a series regular on the chat show Up Late with Rylan;[75][76] Sinitta also made appearances on Celebrity Masterchef as a contestant although she was eliminated in Week 1.[77][78]

2017: Rumoured return to the X Factor[edit]

In 2017, Sinitta was rumoured to be returning to The X Factor UK.[79]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

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