Javine Dionne Hylton (born
27 December 1981, London), often
known simply as Javine, is an English singer.
most notable for representing the UK at Eurovision Song Contest 2005;
beating competition favourite, model
Katie Price, for the ticket to Kiev.
Hylton has had a number of Top 20 single hits
UK, Javine's song "You've Got a
" was the theme music
Garfield: The Movie
born to a white mother and black father and grew up in Ladbroke Grove, London.
spell of two years, Hylton played Nala in a production of
The Lion King in London's
In a potentially risky move, she opted to
channel this experience of live singing into an audition for
's Popstars: The Rivals
, a reality television talent show
in which young hopefuls sought to be
picked for a place in a new manufactured group.
Her gamble paid off as she was one of the last six contenders for a
place in the girl-group, but she missed out on a spot in what later
became the chart-topping group Girls
, and instead embarked on a solo
In the summer of 2003, Hylton released her debut single "Real Things
", which featured a sample
hit "Ante Up". The single charted in the UK Singles Chart
at Number 4, and remains
her biggest hit to date. Three further Top 20 hits from her debut
" (which sampled the
hit "Surrender"), "Best Of My Love
" and a cover
", a double A-side
cover of Carole King's
"You've Got a Friend
Hylton's debut album, Surrender
, was released after
her third single in the summer of 2004. In spite of securing a
songwriting partnership with Eg White
record producers Stargate
, along with the singles
performing relatively well, her debut album only just managed to
get into the UK Albums Chart
a result she was dropped by her record
in late 2004.
Hylton featured on Richard X
's 2003 album
Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1
collaboration with him, "You Used To", was due to be released as a
single, but it was cancelled.
2003 she became an opening act for U.S. rapper Nelly on the UK leg of
his international tour.
On 5 March 2005, Hylton won Eurovision: Making Your Mind
, the UK heat of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005
singing "Touch My Fire
", co-written by
her. The other contestants were the 1996 UK entrant Gina G
, Andy Scott-Lee
the group Tricolore, and Katie Price. During the performance, tape
used to hold her dress in place came loose, causing a 'wardrobe malfunction
'. Hylton went on to
represent the UK in the final in Kiev, reportedly
suffering from a throat infection.
With pre-final odds of
33/1, she finished with 18 points, in 22nd place, ahead of France
and Germany. When "Touch My Fire
released as a single, it became her fifth consecutive Top 20 hit,
reaching Number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.
Hylton has also appeared in Series 4 of the Channel 4
programme The Games
in 2006, which she
went on to win.
In a Christmas edition of Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Simon Amstell, the show was dedicated to the birthdays of both
Jesus and Javine on account of her birthday being two days after
Christmas. Hylton has been fair game for Buzzcocks jokes after
comments made by Jamelia on the show. In 2007 she took part in
's Celebrity Scissorhands
. In 2008
she was the first celebrity eliminated in The Underdog Show
. In 2009 she made
an uncredited guest appearance on the television show Skins
In March 2006 Hylton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol
and was banned from driving for 18 months. The same year, she
began an affair with fellow The Games contestant and
End stage star MC
Harvey, the then husband of singer Alesha Dixon.
This led to a
well-publicised feud between Hylton and UK R&B singer Jamelia
, with Jamelia defending Alesha, referring to
Hylton as 'a slag
' on TV programme
Never Mind the Buzzcocks
February 2008 Hylton gave birth to MC Harvey's daughter named Angel
Harvey Hylton in St George's Hospital, Tooting, South London.
On 5 August 2008, MC Harvey threatened to
kill Hylton with a knife after they had an argument, after MC
Harvey stayed out all night with friends.
In September 2009, Hylton split with MC Harvey after discovering
that he had been unfaithful to her. Hylton told The News of the World
he was "a
serial womaniser with a big problem. He cheated on Alesha with a
lot of women. I did her a big favour by taking him off her hands -
and after three horrible years, boy do I regret it."
||Sales and certifications
- JP Sales: 100,000+
- RIAJ certification:
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks, season 19
- Javine Dumps Cheating Lover
- MC Harvey cheated on Alesha Dixon 7 times says