X Factor favourite forced QUIT over visa issue, show confirms - SPOILERS!

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The X Factor has confirmed that a contestant has been forced to quit the show due a visa issue.

The problem arose at judges' houses but seeing as we've yet to see six chair challenge, this is obviously a SPOILER about who gets through that so stop reading *NOW* if you don't want details.



ITV last night confirmed that Filipino Ivy Grace Paredes has been forced to withdraw from the competition after making it through to six chairs and into the Top 6 of the Overs category.

"As with all contestants travelling to the US for Judges Houses, Ivy was required to have a visa," a spokesperson for the show told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "Unfortunately there was an issue with her application being approved which meant that she was not granted a visa in time and sadly had to withdraw from the competition."

The singer NAILED her audition earlier this year and took the roof off Wembley Arena with her Six Chair Challenge performance, due to air this weekend on ITV.

Ivy, who told the judges she had flown from the Philippines just to audition for the show, was a favourite in the category after 4th Impact's success last year.

However US authorities are said to have rejected Ivy's visa to film at Sharon's LA home for judges houses "over an issue in her past" which has not been revealed.

"Ivy was a real hope for the judges after her audition but her dreams are in tatters," a source told The Sun at the weekend. “She was point blank refused the visa.

“X Factor tried their best to help, but ran out of time."

They added: “There has been talk of a past issue causing problems but no one but Ivy knows the reason.”

It's not the first time that visa issues have forced acts out at judges' houses.

In 2012, Rough Copy were forced to quit for the same reason and in 2013 when they returned, yet again visa problems caused issues and forced one member to leave at the judges' houses stage.

Ivy Grace on The X Factor
Ivy Grace on The X Factor

Many of Ivy's fans have hit out at the news, suggesting she could have auditioned via FaceTime or similar or that judges' houses should have been hosted elsewhere.

But what's bad news for Ivy could mean good news for another, with an act who was axed at six chairs understood to have been given a second chance at judges' houses.

The X Factor 2016 airs this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV with the six chair challenge.

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