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Just days after making it through to the Judges' Houses, singer Tom Bleasby is leaving The X Factor.

The 19-year-old wowed the judges with his first audition back in August, and on Sunday was chosen to be one of Nick Grimshaw's final six contestants.

But after referring to Sunday's Six Chair Challenge as "the worst experience of my life," Tom took to Twitter last night to confirm he was leaving the show.

"Due to personal reasons I have decided to withdraw from The X Factor," he wrote.

"Thank you to all the judges, especially Nick for his belief in me. 

"I'm not stopping singing, the X Factor is just one path…one that wasn't right for me."

During Sunday's show, Tom eventually secured a place in the final six after being swapped out by Nick in the Six Chair Challenge and then brought back in.

Despite his shock exit, BBC host Nick offered his support to Tom via Twitter last night:

In his exit interview with ITV, Tom said he simply wasn't ready for the intense pressure of the show.

The singer, who sang on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Jessie J shortly before his first X Factor appearance, admitted his rise to stardom had happened extremely quickly.

"I’m quite a relatively new singer, back in March, I was singing in my bedroom, so I’ve never took to live performing very well.

"I just don’t know if I felt vocally ready to take on the competition and the pressure."

Jessie J also tweeted a message of support to Tom last night, telling him: "You didn't just trust your instincts, you followed them."


Posting a stunning snap to her Instagram account, it's clear that X Factor's Cheryl Fernandez Versini had picked an incredible location for judges' houses this year.

Admitting that she was a lucky girl, she shared a photograph from Rome, Italy, which showed the breathtaking lakeside view from her bedroom.

Unsurprisingly, it was an image which quickly garnered more than 35,000 likes. 

"Oh wow… what I would give to be sat there for a couple of hours… amazing image x," one fan said in response.

"Wow such An amazing view," said another, while a third added: "What a beautiful view!! You are one lucky girl."

The 32-year-old singer was in the Eternal City for a whistle-stop, two-night stay. There, she was faced with the task of whittling down the groups from a total of six to just three. 

And rather than hire a private jet to transport her and her entourage, Ms Fernandez Versini was happy to catch a BA flight from London there and back, although she did enjoy a helicopter transfer to the luxurious villa on arrival in Rome. 

Still, her return journey was not entirely without incident: she said that she was surrounded by coughing and sneezing sick passengers. "Dear work," she added in an Instagram picture, "I think I'm getting sick I may need a week off."

Luckily, however, Cheryl had recovered sufficiently to make BFF and fellow Girls Aloud songstress Nicola Roberts's 30th birthday bash.

Held in London's swish Hotel Chantelle in Mayfair, the woman-of-hour herself looked stunning in a full-length black dress with thigh-high slit and a deep-V neckline.


Happy 30th to this gorgeous lady @lilcola thanks for a super fun night

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Also in attendance was Kimberley Walsh, though noticeably absent were Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle. 

The Roman episode of judges' houses will be aired later this month on The X Factor. Cheryl was accompanied on the trip by guest judge, Jess Glynne.

Simon Cowell, meanwhile, was in France for the same segment, while Rita Ora jetted to LA. Due to additional work commitments, Rick Grimshaw remained in England. 


This year X Factor has gone through more changes than we can keep up with; between judges swaps and contestants walking out there has been a lot of news surrounding the singing competition.

However, the latest report from the series is probably one of the biggest changes to date for contestants and audiences. We’re not entirely thrilled with the news either, but with the way things are going it could all change tomorrow.

Despite talks attempting to set up the judge’s houses segments as this year’s big twist, it seems that instead the judge’s houses portion won’t be broadcast at all.

According to certain reports, Simon Cowell and his team decided that attempting to show the judge’s houses live would have been too difficult logistically.

The big twist will come in the form of the contestants being told their fate weeks after they spent some time lounging in swanky south of France mansions.

The results of their judges’ houses performances will be revealed live at Wembley in October.

Talking about the changes a source has apparently told the Sun that this is an embarrassing moment for the series.

“The team have had to admit they just won’t be able to pull it off. Realistically there were too many things that could have gone wrong and if it all went to pot on live TV it would have been disastrous.”

While it is a shame we won’t be getting to see any real live performances any time soon there is at least going to be one tension-building moment for audiences to look forward to.



Simon Cowell is really planning major changes for the X Factor. After apparently axing Louis Walsh and Mel B, and making Caroline Flack and Olly Murs the new hosts, we have no doubt that the show will be a breath of fresh air this time around. 

Another dramatic change has now been revealed, Simon is considering making the judges houses live. 

This means the contestants and viewers will be informed of decisions at the same time.

Well now we're very glad we didn't audition for the next season…

A source has told The Sun: "This is a hugely ambitious plan and in many ways we are giving ourselves a massive headache, but if it comes off, it will be gripping TV. The emotion of the judges' houses stage is always one of the best things about the series, so if we can capture that live, it's going to be amazing."

We bet this will be much more thrilling, but nerve wracking if you're a contestant. 

We don't yet know how it will work, being all over the world and in different time zones because the judges bring their acts to many different places.

However, we're sure Simon will work something out.