Javine Hylton Undressed
Javine Dionne Hylton (born December 27, 1981) in London, England), more commonly known as simply Javine, is a British singer who had lots of success in the UK Singles Chart.
For a spell of two years, she played Nala in a production of The Lion King on London's West End. In a potentially risky move, she opted to channel this experience of live singing into an audition for the returning Popstars, a TV talent show in which young hopefuls sought to be picked for a place in a new manufactured group. For the second series, Popstars: The Rivals, the format had been altered to allow for the creation of two groups, one boy-group and one girl-group, that would, in theory at least, though in practice failed to, battle it out for chart dominance.
Hylton's 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 became the chart-topping group Girls Aloud, and instead embarked on a solo singing career.
On March 5, 2005, she won Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up, the British heat of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, singing "Touch My Fire", co-written by Hylton. The other contestants were the 1996 UK entrant Gina G, as well as Andy Scott-Lee, the group Tricolore, and Katie "Jordan" Price. During the performance, tape used to hold her dress in place came loose causing a wardrobe malfunction. Javine 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 only of France and Germany. When "Touch My Fire" was released as a single in its own right, it became Javine's fifth consecutive top 20 hit, charting at #18 in the UK singles chart.