Javine’s entry on the BBC Eurovision site
Javine Dionne Hylton (born 27 December 1981, 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 cover version of “You’ve Got a Friend” was the theme music to Garfield: The Movie in 2004.
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, 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”.
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.
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.
In late 2003, she became an opening act for U.S. rapper Nelly on the UK leg of his international tour.
Hylton has also appeared in Series 4 of the Channel 4 programme The Games in 2006, which she went on to win.
In a 2006 Christmas edition of Never Mind The Buzzcocks with Simon Amstell, the show was dedicated to the birthdays of both Jesus and Hylton, on account of her birthday being two days after Christmas. In 2007, she took part in BBC Three’sCelebrity 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 2010, she appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me and came second overall. Hylton was due to star as ‘Lucretia MacEvil’ in a UK touring production of Disco Inferno in late 2012, however the tour was cancelled. Javine was a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef until being elliminated along with Cheryl Baker.