Stacey Chanelle Clare Solomon
4 October 1989
|Joe Swash (2015 - present; engaged)|
Solomon won the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2010. Her debut single, a cover of "Driving Home for Christmas", was released in December 2011. Solomon then released her debut studio album, Shy, in April 2015. In September 2016, she began appearing as a panellist on the ITV talk show Loose Women, and in November of the same year, she presented I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp.
Solomon was born in Dagenham. Her father is from a Jewish family that had emigrated to Britain from Iraq and Poland. Her mother was born into a Church of England family (the daughter of a vicar), and had converted to Judaism before marrying Stacey's father. Her parents divorced when she was nine. She attended King Solomon High School.
In 2009, Solomon auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor, performing "What a Wonderful World". Solomon was among the top 12 contestants and advanced to the live shows and was mentored by Dannii Minogue. During the first week of the live shows she performed Coldplay's "The Scientist", which gained positive reviews from the judges. During week two, she performed "At Last", receiving the most public votes. She sang "When You Wish Upon a Star" during the third week. On the fourth week, all contestants had to sing rock songs; Minogue selected "Somewhere Only We Know", and Solomon's performance resulted in positive reviews. On the fifth week, she sang "Son of a Preacher Man". The sixth week into the competition, Solomon sang Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever". During the sixth week, she also released a cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone", which topped the charts on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart On the seventh week, she performed "I Can't Make You Love Me" and again received positive reviews from the judges and the audience. In the quarter-final, Solomon performed "Rule the World" by Take That and "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John. In the semi-final she performed another Michael Jackson song, "The Way You Make Me Feel", and the song "Somewhere" for which she received a standing ovation again by the judges. During the final week, Solomon performed a duet "Feeling Good" with Michael Bublé. She also performed "What a Wonderful World" and "Who Wants to Live Forever". Solomon was awarded third place in the competition, behind Joe McElderry and Olly Murs.
In June 2011, Solomon began working on her debut album, due to be released in 2012. Her first single from the album was originally to be released in February, but was delayed. On 5 November 2011, Solomon performed to thousands as the headline act at Paisley's Christmas Lights Switch On event. In September 2011, it was reported that Solomon was in a bidding war between record labels. However, she stated that she will have complete control. She was also asked to join The Only Way Is Essex, but turned it down.
On 18 December 2011, Solomon released a cover of Chris Rea's "Driving Home for Christmas" as her Christmas single. The single was used for the Iceland Christmas commercial and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. In June 2012, she said she recorded a number of singles with an album planned in September 2012, but later moved that release date to February 2013, and then to November 2013.
On 29 November 2013, Solomon was announced as the headline artist to lead a choir of over 110,000 primary school children. She joined the Young Voices tour, which took place from 14 January to 5 February 2014 in Birmingham, Sheffield, London and Manchester. The singer performed tracks from her forthcoming debut album on the tour, scheduled for release in 2014. Her debut album "Shy" was released in April 2015 along with the title track "Shy". In 2016, she released her second single from the album, "My Big Mistake".
Solomon returned to the fourteenth series of The X Factor UK on Saturday 2 December 2017 and Sunday 3 December 2017, co-presenting alongside George Shelley. She interviewed the fourteenth series' finalists parents, families, relatives and friends at the live finals from ExCeL London on things such as how they feel about their finalist and wishing their finalist good luck. The interview is to give the audience a sense of support the finalists have behind them. Solomon and Shelley were co-presenters for this purpose of interviewing only, the main presenter being Dermot O'Leary. She returned in the same position the following year.
Solomon has had fashion collaborations with Irish fast-fashion brand Primark, including a children's range which she marketed with her own children. She paired up with Amazon in 2020.
In October 2010, she won the Living TV show Party Wars. In April 2011, Solomon and Keith Lemon presented Sing If You Can. On 5 September 2011, Solomon appeared in the Sooty episode "The Wedding" as Miss Solomon the Vicar.
From 11 March 2012, Solomon and Chris Moyles presented Sky Living's dating show The Love Machine . In Spring 2012, Solomon starred in an episode of Mad Mad World on ITV with Eamonn Holmes and Stephen K. Amos. From 5 September 2012, Solomon was part of the judging panel for ITV2's Top Dog Model.
Throughout Summer 2016, Solomon appeared several times as a guest panellist on ITV daytime show Loose Women. It was later announced she would become a regular panellist alongside Lisa Riley after Vicky Pattison and Jamelia left the show.
On 22 September 2016, it was announced Solomon would take over from Laura Whitmore and become co-host of newly named I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! spin-off I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Extra Camp alongside Vicky Pattison, Joe Swash and Chris Ramsey. She didn't return for the following series.
On 10 March 2021, Solomon announced on Instagram the BBC had commissioned home-decluttering series Sort Your Life Out, with her presenting.
Solomon had her first child at age 17 with her then-boyfriend, Dean Cox. She also has another son with her ex-fiancé Aaron Barnham.
Solomon has been with her partner, Joe Swash, since 2015. On 24 December 2020, Solomon announced her engagement to Swash on her Instagram page. They have one son together, born in May 2019, and Solomon is also stepmother to Swash's son from a previous relationship. In June 2021, Solomon announced that she is pregnant with her fourth child. In July 2021, Solomon announced through her Instagram that they are expecting a baby girl.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"Driving Home for Christmas"||27||41||N/A|
|2016||"My Big Mistake"||--||--|
|"--" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2009||"You Are Not Alone"
(as part of The X Factor finalists)