Stacey Solomon

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Stacey Solomon
Stacey Solomon (Live X Factor 2010) 3.png
Solomon performing on the 2010 X Factor tour.
Born Stacey Chanelle Charlene Solomon
(1989-10-04) 4 October 1989 (age 27)
Dagenham, Greater London, England
Occupation Singer, television presenter, reality television star
Years active 2009–present
Children 2

Stacey Chanelle Charlene Solomon[1][2] (born 4 October 1989)[3] is an English singer, television presenter and reality television star. She rose to fame on the sixth series of The X Factor, coming third overall on the show. She gained a number one single on both the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart when her fellow The X Factor finalists released a cover of "You Are Not Alone".

Solomon won the tenth series of reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and was named "Queen of the Jungle".[4] Her debut single, a cover of "Driving Home for Christmas", was released on 19 December 2011.[5][6] Solomon released her debut album Shy on 18 April 2015, followed by the single "Shy".

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Solomon was born in Dagenham, East London, the daughter of Fiona (née Nash), a nurse, and David Solomon, a photographer.[7][8] Her father is from a Jewish family that had emigrated to Britain from Iraq and Poland.[9] Her mother was born into a Church of England family (the daughter of a vicar), and had converted to Judaism before marrying Stacey's father.[8][9][10] Her parents divorced when she was nine.[8] She attended King Solomon High School.

2009–10: The X Factor[edit]

In 2009, Solomon auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor, performing "What a Wonderful World". Solomon was among the top 12 contestants and advanced to the live shows and was mentored by Dannii Minogue. During the first week of the live shows she performed Coldplay's "The Scientist", which gained positive reviews from the judges. During week two, she performed "At Last", receiving the most public votes. She sang "When You Wish Upon a Star" during the third week. On the fourth week, all contestants had to sing rock songs; Minogue selected "Somewhere Only We Know", and Solomon's performance resulted in positive reviews. On the fifth week, she sang "Son of a Preacher Man". The sixth week into the competition, Solomon sang Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever". During the sixth week, she also released a cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone", which topped the charts on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart[11] On the seventh week, she performed "I Can't Make You Love Me" and again received positive reviews from the judges and the audience. In the eighth week of the competition Solomon performed "Rule the World" by Take That and "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John. In the semi-final she performed another Michael Jackson song, "The Way You Make Me Feel", and the song "Somewhere" for which she received a standing ovation again by the judges.[citation needed] During the final week, Solomon performed a duet "Feeling Good" with Michael Bublé. She also performed "What a Wonderful World" and "Who Wants to Live Forever". Solomon was awarded third place in the competition, behind Joe McElderry and Olly Murs.[12]

Solomon went on tour with her fellow X Factor finalists. In December 2010, she returned to the show, where she presented the show from Essex for winner, Matt Cardle.[13]

2011–present: Debut album, Young Voices choir[edit]

In June 2011, Solomon began working on her debut album, due to be released in 2012. Her first single from the album was originally to be released in February, but was delayed. Solomon later stated it was because she wanted to focus on her family and new baby. On 5 November 2011, Solomon performed to thousands as the headline act at Paisley's Christmas Lights Switch On event.[14] In September 2011, it was reported that Solomon was in a bidding war between record labels. However, she stated that she will have complete control. She was also asked to join The Only Way Is Essex, but turned it down.[15][16]

On 18 December 2011, Solomon released a cover of Chris Rea's "Driving Home for Christmas" as her Christmas single. The single was used for the Iceland Christmas commercial and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart.[5] In June 2012, she revealed that she recorded a number of singles with an album planned in September 2012.[17] However, on The Jonathan Ross Show in October 2012, she stated she was in the process of finishing the album, and was looking to release it in February 2013. On 21 September 2013, during an appearance on Through the Keyhole, she stated that her debut album would now be released sometime in November 2013 and would contain mainly new material.

She supports the charity Alzheimer's Research UK. She gave it some of the proceeds from the 2011 single "Driving Home for Christmas". In 2012, she won £12,500 for it after teaming up with comedian Lee Mack for a celebrity New Year special of ITV’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. In 2013, she won a jackpot of £20,000 on the ITV quiz show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, and promptly donated her winnings to the charity.[18]

On 29 November 2013, Solomon was announced as the headline artist to lead a choir of over 110,000 primary school children. She joined the Young Voices tour, which took place from 14 January to 5 February 2014 in Birmingham, Sheffield, London and Manchester.[19] The singer performed tracks from her forthcoming debut album on the tour, scheduled for release in 2014.[20]

In 2015 she wrote a book called 'Walk On By'.[21]

In 2015, Solomon played a seagull in the UK version of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.[22]


Solomon took part in the tenth series of the reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![23] She beat Shaun Ryder in the final and was crowned "Queen of the Jungle".[24][25] She gained 80.07% of the public votes.[26] In April 2011, she presented Sing If You Can on ITV with Keith Lemon, which raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.[citation needed] She performed the British national anthem at the 2011 FA Cup Final, between Manchester City and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium.[27] In 2011, she became the face of supermarket Iceland, taking over from Coleen Nolan.[27] Solomon performed a duet with Ryder at the 16th National Television Awards – "Feeling Good" and "Step On" by Happy Mondays.[28] In October 2010, she won the Living TV show Party Wars.[29]

In October 2011, Solomon appeared on the ITV quiz show All Star Family Fortunes with her family, where she took on soap star Danny Miller and his family in order to win the cash jackpot of £30,000. Solomon beat Miller and went on to win £10,000 for their chosen charity.

In December 2011, Solomon appeared on BBC quiz show Celebrity Mastermind achieving a score of 10 points – the lowest in the competition. Solomon chose the TV series The Inbetweeners as her chosen specialist subject.[30]

Since 2011, Solomon has appeared on the BBC panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks four times. These appearances resulted in critical acclaim due to her 'gleefully loopy' performance.[31]

From 11 March 2012, Solomon and Chris Moyles presented Sky Living's dating show The Love Machine . In Spring 2012, Solomon starred in an episode of Mad Mad World on ITV with Eamonn Holmes and Stephen K. Amos.[32]

From 5 September 2012, Solomon was part of the judging panel for ITV2's Top Dog Model.[33][34]

From February 2015, Solomon took part in the second series of The Jump[35] and was eliminated on 4 February.

On 24 March 2015, Solomon appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[36]

As of 2016 she is a regular reporter on Channel 5's The Saturday Show.

In Autumn 2016, Solomon was announced as one of the new Panelists for Series 21 of Loose Women. Solomon made her debut as a regular on 7 September. Solomon had previously been a guest Panelist on two occasions, one in 2011 and another 2012, Solomon had also been a regular guest Panelist during the summer holidays before being announced as a regular.

On 22 September 2016, it was announced that Solomon would take over from Laura Whitmore and become co-host of newly named I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! spin-off I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Extra Camp alongside Vicky Pattison, Joe Swash and Chris Ramsey.

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 17, Solomon became pregnant by her then-boyfriend, Dean Cox. The couple split up some time before the birth of their son, Zachary, on 21 March 2008. In 2012, Solomon gave birth to her second son Leighton with then-fiance Aaron Barnham. She is currently dating Joe Swash.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Shy 45


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Driving Home for Christmas"[5][6] 27 41 N/A
2015 "Shy"[39] Shy
2016 "My Big Mistake"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2009 "You Are Not Alone"
(as part of The X Factor finalists)[11]
1 1 1 N/A


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  2. ^ Cast: Stacey Solomon Presenter On The Love Machine – Sky Living HD. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  3. ^ Biography at
  4. ^ "Stacey Solomon crowned Queen of the Jungle" 4 December 2010, The Telegraph
  5. ^ a b c "Stacey Solomon to release Iceland track as single" 26 November 2011, Digital Spy
  6. ^ a b "Stacey Solomon in Xmas No1 race" 26 November 2011, The Sun
  7. ^ "Daddy's girl Stacey Solomon returns to British shores after being crowned Queen of the Jungle... looking rather orange". Daily Mail. London. 
  8. ^ a b c Peppa Pig Is Jungle Queen Stacey Solomon's Biggest Rival – Coventry Telegraph – Pass the Remote. (22 July 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  9. ^ a b Stacey: My Story So Far eBook: Stacey Solomon: Kindle Store. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  10. ^ Interview with Stacey Solomon: XFactor Finalist and Im a Celebrity Star – Celebrity interviews – Essex Life. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b "X-Factor Finalists 2009 – You Are Not Alone". Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Elgot, Jessica (12 December 2009). "Stacey Solomon out of X Factor". The Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Fitzmaurice, Sarah (13 December 2010). "X Factor 2010: Stacey Solomon, Coleen Rooney and Michelle Keegan guest interviews leave viewers confused". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Stacey Solomon to switch on Paisley's festive lights" 13 October 2011, Metro Lyrics
  15. ^ "Stacey Solomon promises 'control' over her debut album as she signs record deal". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Stacey Solomon signs record deal: "I'll have complete control over my debut album"". Digital Spy. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  17. ^ STACEY SOLOMON: "I can't wait for my debut album!", Exclusive TV, 27 June 2012, retrieved 27 June 2012 
  18. ^ "Stacey Solomon wins big on game show for Alzheimer's Research UK". Alzheimer's Research UK. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Young Voices Concert dates 2014.
  20. ^ "Stacey Solomon returns to singing with Young Voices choir". Digital Spy. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  21. ^ stacey solomon book. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  22. ^ Stacey Solomon to voice SpongeBob Movie character for UK – Celebrity News News. Reveal (20 February 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  23. ^ Thompson, Jody (22 October 2010). "Oh my god! Last year's X Factor favourite Stacey Solomon heading for this year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here". Mail Online. London: (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  24. ^ 4 December 2010, "I'm A Celebrity: Stacey Solomon crowned 'queen of jungle'. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Stacey Solomon beats Shaun Ryder in I'm A Celeb final" 4 December 2010, Now Magazine
  26. ^ Solomon receives over 80% of the public votes on I'm a Celebrity
  27. ^ a b Wilkes, Neil (4 July 2011). "Solomon wins in award". Dudley News. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  28. ^ "In case you missed it, here’s Stacey Solomon and Sean Ryder’s NTA performance", Heat World, 27 January 2011.
  29. ^ "LIVING commissions a war on parties..". Living TV. 18 August 2010. 
  30. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind – 2011/2012 – Episode 2" Video at BBC web site.
  31. ^ Never Mind The Buzzcocks – Television Tropes & Idioms. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  32. ^ Mad Mad World | Series 1 – Episode 6. Radio Times. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  33. ^ Iley, Chrissy (31 August 2012). "Top Dog Model: Which model mutt has 'bow wow' factor?". Mail Online. London. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  34. ^ Tighe, Sophie (28 August 2012). "Stacey Solomon helps find Britain's coolest canine in 'Top Dog Model'". Reveal. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  35. ^ Jackson, Marc. (9 December 2014) Louise Thompson, Ola Jordan and Ashley Roberts set for series The Jump | Daily Mail Online. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  36. ^
  37. ^ a b c "Stacey Solomon". Official Charts Company. 
  38. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  39. ^ Copsey, Rob. (6 March 2015) Stacey Solomon debuts Shy music video. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  40. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:

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Preceded by
Gino D'Acampo
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Succeeded by
Dougie Poynter