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Javine Hylton

Javine performing Touch My Fire in Kiev
Background information
Birth name Javine Dionne Hylton
Also known as Javine
Born 27 December 1981 (1981-12-27) (age 28)
Origin Kensington, London, England
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2003 - 2006
Labels Innocent / Virgin

Island Records
Website OfficialJavine.com (no longer in operation)

Javine Dionne Hylton (born 27 December 1981,[1] London), often known simply as Javine, is an English singer. She is 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 in the UK, Javine's song "You've Got a Friend" was the theme music to Garfield: The Movie in 2004.[2]


Early life

Hylton was born to a white mother and black father and grew up in Ladbroke Grove, London.[3] For a spell of two years, Hylton played Nala in a production of The Lion King in London's West End.[1] In a potentially risky move, she opted to channel this experience of live singing into an audition for ITV'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. [4]

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 Aloud, and instead embarked on a solo singing career.[1]

Recording career

In the summer of 2003, Hylton released her debut single "Real Things", which featured a sample of M.O.P.'s hit "Ante Up". The single charted in the UK Singles Chart at Number 4,[5] and remains her biggest hit to date. Three further Top 20 hits from her debut album followed, "Surrender (Your Love)" (which sampled the Diana Ross hit "Surrender"), "Best Of My Love" and a cover of Jade's "Don't Walk Away", a double A-side with a cover of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend".[6]

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, and record producers Stargate, along with the singles performing relatively well, her debut album only just managed to get into the UK Albums Chart and as a result she was dropped by her record label in late 2004.[7]

Hylton featured on Richard X's 2003 album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1. Her collaboration with him, "You Used To", was due to be released as a single, but it was cancelled. [8]

In late 2003 she became an opening act for U.S. rapper Nelly on the UK leg of his international tour.[9]


On 5 March 2005, Hylton won Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up, 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'.[10] 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" was released as a single, it became her fifth consecutive Top 20 hit, reaching Number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. [11]

Hylton has also appeared in Series 4 of the Channel 4 programme The Games in 2006, which she went on to win. [12]

In a Christmas edition of Never Mind The Buzzcocks with 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 BBC Three'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. [13]

Personal life

In March 2006 Hylton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 18 months.[5] The same year, she began an affair with fellow The Games contestant and West 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.[14][15]

On 23 February 2008 Hylton gave birth to MC Harvey's daughter named Angel Harvey Hylton in St George's Hospital, Tooting, South London.[16] 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.[17]

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." [18] [19]



Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
UK[20 ] JP
2004 Surrender 73 18
  • JP Sales: 100,000+
  • RIAJ certification: Gold


Year Single Chart Positions Album
2003 "Real Things" 4 60 23 44 Surrender
"Surrender (Your Love)" 15
2004 "Best Of My Love" 18 49
"Don't Walk Away" / "You've Got A Friend" 16
2005 "Touch My Fire"
18 32 56
As featured artist
2003 "You Used To" (Richard X featuring Javine) Cancelled Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1
2006 "Don't Let The Morning Come" (Soul Avengerz featuring Javine) 49 89


  1. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Javine biography". BBC. 2005-05-06. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/05_may/06/eurovision4.shtml. Retrieved 2008-06-29.  
  2. ^ http://www.ilikemusic.com/music_news/-496
  3. ^ "The Situation interview". The Situation. 2002. http://www.thesituation.co.uk/ukartists/javine/javine.html. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  4. ^ BBC News Report - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2532667.stm
  5. ^ a b "Singer banned for drink-driving". BBC News. 2006-03-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4763464.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-29.  
  6. ^ Yahoo Music - [1]
  7. ^ Metro Interview (16th May, 2005) - http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/interviews/1158-javine-hylton
  8. ^ Richard X - Black Melody - http://www.blackmelody.com/track.php?id=24
  9. ^ Tourdates.co.uk Report - http://www.tourdates.co.uk/news/3113-javine-confirmed-as-nellys-uk-support-act
  10. ^ "Javine exposure angers TV viewers". BBC News. 2005-03-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4326543.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-29.  
  11. ^ EveryHit.com - http://www.everyhit.com
  12. ^ Channel 4 The Games 2006 Scorboard - http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/G/games2006/scores.html
  13. ^ e4 Skins website - http://www.e4.com/skins/series3/pictures-preview.html?decorator-index=3
  14. ^ Never Mind the Buzzcocks, season 19 finale.
  15. ^ "Javine Hylton Exclusive". Mirror.co.uk. MGN. 2007-12-19. http://www.mirror.co.uk/showbiz/yourlife/sexandrelationships/2007/12/19/javine-hylton-exclusive-89520-20260217/. Retrieved 2008-06-29.  
  16. ^ "Baby joy for Javine and MC Harvey". Wimbledon Guardian. Newsquest Media Group. 2008-02-25. http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/topstories/display.var.2069478.0.baby_joy_for_javine_and_mc_harvey.php. Retrieved 2008-06-29.  
  17. ^ "SHOCK! MC Harvey 'arrested for threatening Javine Hylton'". Now Magazine. 2008-08-05. http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/269028/shock-mc-harvey-arrested-for-threatening-javine-hylton/1/. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  18. ^ Javine Dumps Cheating Lover
  19. ^ MC Harvey cheated on Alesha Dixon 7 times says Javine Hylton
  20. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 280. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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Preceded by
James Fox
with "Hold On to Our Love"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Daz Sampson
with "Teenage Life"

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