X Factor 2016: Why is Honey G back and why did Ivy Grace Paredes leave?


Honey G is back on The X Factor 2016 tonight but just what happened?

Well Honey was given a second chance by Overs mentor Sharon Osbourne.

Sharon had a spot to fill on her judges' houses line up after Ivy Grace Paredes was forced to quit.

Ivy, aka Ayegee, NAILED her Six Chair Challenge performance to win a seat in the final six of the Overs category last week.

But visa problems meant she had to withdraw from the competition when it came to judges' houses at Sharon's home in LA.

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

A spokesperson for the show explained that Ivy failed to obtain a visa in time in order to film with Sharon and the rest of the Overs.

With Ivy out of the competition, Overs mentor Sharon therefore had a free spot in her category and decided to invite back Honey G.

Talking about Ivy’s exit, Sharon said: “I’m really disappointed that Ivy couldn't continue in the competition but I really wish her well.

She added about Honey G: “I thought long and hard about who can take Ivy's place in the competition and I have never received so many calls and texts about an auditionee before.

"She's larger than life, she's fun, she's different to everyone else in this competition... and I love different.”

As for Honey G herself, she explained: “I think Ivy's voice is incredible and she's very talented. She definitely would have gone very far in the competition if she had stayed.


"Obviously it's a great shame she couldn't progress but I'm very lucky and very happy to be back in the competition, a complete stroke of luck for me. I’m not just belting out an amazing voice; I am what is happening right now in the music scene. I’m the whole shebang.”

Honey G will now be competing for a place in the live shows alongside, Samantha Atkinson, James Wilson, Relley C, Christopher Peyton and Janet Grogan.

The X Factor 2016 airs this evening from 7:30PM on ITV.

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