Monday, July 05, 2010

Failed asylum seeker wants to stay so he can win the ‘X Factor’

An asylum seeker is begging immigration officials not to throw him out of Britain - so he can win X Factor, the Sun reports.

Desperate Ahmed Ali al-Hamed has had his application to stay here rejected and ought to be on his way back to the Middle East.

But he auditioned in front of producers for the hit talent show earlier this year and is now claiming he can follow in the footsteps of last year's teenage winner Joe McElderry.

He is also insisting that Simon Cowell is tipping him for the top, that he has explained his immigration status to the music mogul and that he can impress Cheryl Cole and the other judges.

An X Factor spokesman confirmed al-Hamed, 21, had sung for "other executives" but denied he had met Simon.

Al-Hamed, who has been here for six years, is hoping to delay the asylum boot until at least the next run of filmed auditions, which hit Manchester next month.

A source said: "This must be a first - an asylum seeker using a reality TV show as the basis for his case.

"He has exhausted all the normal channels and now appears to be clinging to this."

Al-Hamed, who is from the United Arab Emirates, is understood to have tried several different arguments already to avoid being kicked out.

Initially he said he wanted to stay because he is gay, and then that his mother writes politically controversial articles in their own country.

He arrived here in 2004 and later spent a year studying at Bath University.

He is currently understood to be living in Liverpool. Source: The Sun

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