X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu, who took part in the 2010 show, has revealed that she coped with the threat of deportation back to her home country of Zimbabwe by writing songs.

The teenager, who reached the judges’ houses stage of the 2010 competition, had to wait over a year to hear whether or not she and her family had won the right to remain in Scotland – learning in May that they had won their appeal against the Home Office decision to deport them.

However Gamu, her mother Nokuthala Ngazana and her brother have been dealt a fresh blow after the authorities said they would appeal the decision to let them stay here.

The 19-year-old told the Sunday Mail she dealt with the trauma of the situation by writing songs – but added that none of them would make it on to her forthcoming album.

“It came as such a shock and everything exploded. But I just started writing and wrote it all out,” she said.

“Those are songs I will keep in a little box whenever I need to be reminded just how far I have come”.

Gamu was tipped to be a finalist in The X Factor last year but fell at the final hurdle after her mentor Cheryl Cole controversially gave her the boot at the judges’ houses stage in favour of Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson.