“The X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos and Headline Publishing recently conducted an online poll for her fans to decide the cover of her memoir, “Honest: My Story So Far,” which goes on sale in the U.K. on September 27, 2012. Voters were given three options. Although the main photo on the cover was the same for all three options, the fonts for the book’s title were different for each option. In the end, voters chose the cover that had the title “Honest” in pink, which got more votes than the other color choices of turquoise or dark blue.
As previously reported, Contostavlos (who goes by the stage name Tulisa) has signed a three-book deal with Headline. The first book in the deal is her memoir. She is also contracted to write two children’s books: one to be published in 2013 and the other to be published in 2014.
Headline is giving signed copies of “Honest” to the first 1,000 people who pre-order the book on Amazon.co.uk. The publishing company is also having a sweepstakes (though September 26, 2012) in which randomly selected winners will get an autographed copy of the book’s cover.
Contostvalos, 24, rose to fame in 2008 as a member of the award-winning hip-hop trio N-Dubz, which has had several Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom. N-Dubz is now on hiatus as the group members pursue solo careers. Contostavlos joined “The X Factor” U.K. in May 2011.
Advance copies of “Honest” have not been made available yet to the media, but the book will likely include many of the things that she has publicly confessed about her life, as well as additional previously unrevealed details, such as:
- Her troubled childhood that included her parents’ bitter divorce and her mother’s ongoing struggle with mental illness
- Her teenage rebellion that included committing petty theft, associating with criminals and abusing drugs and alcohol
- Her battles with depression that have led to suicide attempts and other self-harming behavior
- The story of how her hip-hop group N-Dubz was formed, as well as her up-and-down relationships with N-Dubz members Dino “Dappy” Contostavlos (her cousin) and Richard “Fazer” Rawson (her ex-boyfriend)
- Her other failed romances, including her relationship with rapper Justin Edwards (also known as MC Ultra), with whom she made an oral-sex video when she was 19
- The scandal that resulted when the video was leaked without her permission in March 2012, which resulted in her filing lawsuits against several people (including Edwards) whom she claimed were responsible for leaking the video or conspiring to leak it
- Behind-the-scenes stories about “The X Factor,” including her perspective on her feud with former “X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland
Whatever is in her memoir, tabloid media outlets will report many of the more scandalous details when they get access to the book.
Contostavlos is one of several past or present “X Factor” U.K. judge to have a memoir. Former “X Factor” U.K. judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole have all done autobiographies. Cole’s memoir (title to be announced) is due to be published by HarperCollins in the U.K. sometime before the end of of 2012 on a date to be announced.
In addition, several former “X Factor” U.K. winners or finalists have had official photo books/memoirs published, including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Little Mix (whose memoir is due out in the fall of 2012) and Matt Cardle.