X Factor 2016: Simon Cowell wants singing couple Tom and Laura to SPLIT

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Simon Cowell wants singing couple Tom and Laura to SPLIT up on tonight's X Factor 2016 auditions.

The pair are a performing duo from Liverpool who have been in a relationship for two and half years.

Tom and Laura got together while in college. Tom currently works as a claims handler while Laura does volunteer work.

"I'd like someone to say 'What's your occupation?' and say professional singer," says Laura.

The couple are HUGE X Factor fans and are hoping for four yesses... followed by a cheeky Nandos to celebrate.

After Tom and Laura sing Kings of Leon's Sex on Fire, initial reactions from the judges are positive.

"You gave me goosebumps when you guys were singing," Sharon Osbourne says.

"You compliment each other well, you've got a good relationship, good chemistry," adds Nicole Scherzinger.

But Simon Cowell then delivers a bombshell.

He says: "Laura, you're good and tom you're fantastic. I'm sorry, for me there is such a vast difference, I think you Tom should go on your own."

Will Tom and Laura continue to sing as a duo or will Tom go it alone?

The X Factor 2016 auditions continue this Sunday night at 8PM on ITV.

And don't forget all new Xtra Factor LIVE which airs straight after on ITV2, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

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