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X Factor 2017: Simon Cowell sends girl group NQ home - but gives one member a lifeline

Ash Holme has joined a 'New Girl Group' made up of rejected soloists

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The X Factor 2017 girl group NQ were sent home by Simon Cowell at the Six Chair Challenge - but one of its members, Ash Holme, got to stay in the competition after she was offered a place in a brand new band.

Having made it past the room auditions and Bootcamp, NQ were the first act to face Groups mentor Simon after he filled the last of his six chairs at The SSE Arena in Wembley.

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Undeterred, they were eager to dethrone one of the seated acts, boldly proclaiming: "We are here to fight for our chair."

It was a fight they lost, with Simon interrupting them just before they finished singing Zayn's 'Pillowtalk'.

"I've heard enough, this isn't working for me," he said. "I'm just looking at some of the others, I'm seeing originality. This, to me, is too generic, not enough personality."

NQ
NQ

Nicole Scherzinger agreed, adding: "I was like 'wow, they've managed to take a cool song and make it uncool'. It was just the wrong song choice, the harmonies were a little off."

Despite their best protests, NQ became the only Group to be sent home by Simon without getting to take a seat at all.

But one of the quartet's members made an impression on the Syco mogul, as we found out when his last act appeared.

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New Girl Band, who are yet to confirm their official name, consisted of five rejected soloists from the Girls category who got a second chance as a Group.

Although they came together just 24 hours in advance, their debut performance of David Guetta and Nicki Minaj track 'Hey Mama' impressed the judges.

"I'm so excited to see you back. You've all got great voices, you guys will be a force," commented Girls mentor Sharon Osbourne.

However, Simon still felt something was amiss. "I tell you what I'm gonna do," he said. "There's somebody who I let go who I think actually should be in this group."

That person was NQ member Ash, who Simon asked to return to the stage.

At his request, the girls taught her the opening lines to Hey Mama, before they all performed it with the backing track.

Impressed, Simon asked Ash if she was willing to leave NQ behind for the new group, telling her: "I think your voice would be perfect with these girls."

New Girl Band.
New Girl Band.

With their encouragement, Ash agreed to join - and Simon sent the six-piece through to Judges' Houses, meaning he had to free up a chair.

Unable to choose who to send home, he put fellow girl group Lemonade and Filipino boyband JBK head-to-head in a sing-off.

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Simon decided to hold on to Lemonade, bringing JBK's X Factor dream to an abrupt end.

The X Factor continues tomorrow night at 7.00pm on ITV with more Six Chair Challenge drama.

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