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Monday 22 December 2014

Ashley quits X Factor's The Risk

Ashley Baptiste, far left, has quit The Risk
Ashley Baptiste, far left, has quit The Risk

The Risk singer Ashley Baptiste has turned down his chance at stardom by walking out of the X Factor.

Ashley quit boyband The Risk just days before they sing live to millions on Saturday's episode of the ITV1 show.

His decision has given X Factor flop Ashford Campbell a second chance after he was asked to fill his place.

Ashford was previously a member of the boyband Nu Vibe who were voted out in the early stages of the live shows.

He was summoned to the X Factor studios on Friday to rehearse with his new bandmates ahead of Saturdays show after they asked their mentor Tulisa Contostavlos if he could join.

The boys said: "We're devastated that Ashley has decided to leave but we respect his decision.

"After taking in the news we decided that we didn't want to be a trio, we really wanted another member. We have always liked Ashford, right from bootcamp, and always had a strong bond with him.

Ashley said: "It's been a really tough decision but I have decided to leave The Risk. I don't believe my future lies in a boyband and it's not fair on Charlie, Derry and Andy to remain in the band when I am not truly committed to it for the long term.

"I believe The Risk can win the X Factor and I'm backing them all the way. I count them as my friends so I know we'll stay in touch."

Tulisa said she was "gutted" to see Ashley go, but added that Ashford was "a fantastic fit".

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