Rising to fame as one third of London hip-hoppers N-Dubz, Tulisa Contostavlos became a household name after taking over from Cheryl Cole on the eighth series of The X Factor.
Tulisa was brought up in a rough council estate in Camden, witness to violence, drug and alcohol abuse and bullying. Her home life was also difficult, as she became a carer to her mother, twice trying to kill herself as a teen. Her uncle spotted her struggling though and enrolled her at 14 into the same school as cousin Dappy and friend Fazer, with whom she would later form N-Dubz with.
2008 single Ouch launched them as a major musical force and debut album Uncle B was soon heard blaring out of car windows and mobile phones up and down the land.
Her outspoken nature evidently grabbed the attention of someone, as she was chosen in 2011 to join the judging panel of The X Factor. Tulisa became the star of the show winning the show with group Little Mix.
She was rocked by a sex tape scandal in 2012, when ex lover Justin Edwards (aka MC Ultra) leaked an intimate video of her. However, she bounced back releasing autobiography Honest and returning to The X Factor for a second series.