X Factor 2011: The Risk's Charlie has performed with Tulisa

The Risk

There's awkward news for X Factor judge Tulisa Conostavlos this morning, as it's claimed that she has connections with the singer singled out from boy group The Keys. Tulisa selected Charlie Healey from the group and out him into The Risk, forming a new group that she put through to the live shows.

But according to The Sun, Charlie has performed alongside Tulisa as a support act for N-Dubz last year.

A source said: "They were never on stage together but they must have met — it's a tiny venue."

"I can't believe the programme makers haven't come clean and told the viewers that Tulisa and Charlie have met before. I think it's a bit of a con.

"Fans will feel cheated when they find out the pair's background."

An X Factor spokeswoman however insisted: "Tulisa and Charlie never met before Charlie joined X Factor."

It was claimed earlier this year that live show finalist Marcus Collins had also worked with Tulisa on writing music for her group N-dubz earlier in the year. But a spokesperson said: "Marcus has co-written a track with a producer from All Around the World, though he says he has never met Tulisa, other than on stage at his audition."

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