Hotly tipped X Factor boyband The Mend have been axed from the show - before it even airs! We exclusively revealed last week how the judges were raving about the four piece from Manchester, described as a 'Young Take That', with Tulisa declaring they made her want to mentor the groups category.
Gary Barlow told them at their audition two weeks ago: “We’ve never had a band that’s won the X Factor but I think we’ve got a great chance now.”
However the group quickly attracted criticism after it was claimed they were being managed Nigel Martin-Smith, who managed Take That's rise to fame in the 90's. Dismissing the claims however, Martin-Smith insisted he was simply "mentor" of the group and had been "given the go ahead" by Simon Cowell himself!
He insisted: "This is all about Simon Cowell saving face. It's a disgrace. No one from X Factor has had anything to do with the band and Simon Cowell hasn't even met them."
Last night an X Factor spokesman confirmed to The Sun: "It's against the rules for any act to be party to a management agreement. As The Mend are currently under a management contract they can't continue in the competition."
An insider added: "If Nigel really had these boys' interests at heart he'd stop being their manager and allow them to follow their dreams on the X Factor. If the lads decided they don't want a manager any more then we would welcome them back."
Group member Kris said last night: "F* X Factor"
The group had been together for 3 years before their audition and performed their own song during their audition at EventCity in Manchester.
We were at the group's audition and can't but feel that this story is such a shame. The guys were a great band and probably the best the category has seen so far in this year's competition. Coming at a time when there is a lack of groups on the show, this exit could make the category even weaker than it already was.