Eccentric X Factor contender Goldie Cheung has pulled out of the show despite getting though to the judges’ houses stage of the competition.
Her withdrawal means another wannabe will be thrown a lifeline and replace her in the over-25s group mentored by Louis Walsh.
The singer said: “The X Factor has been a fantastic experience and very challenging for me at times. I was very grateful to Louis for offering me a place in the final.
“However, I have decided to withdraw from the competition because I knew I would miss my family so much. I wish all the finalists the best of luck and look forward to watching them every week.”
Hong Kong-born Goldie made a name for herself in the first episode of this series when she overcame her nerves to put on an eccentric performance that ended with her wrapping herself around Gary Barlow.
Louis said: “It was such a shame Goldie had to pull out of the competition. I thought she had great potential to entertain viewers in the live shows.
“But it has given someone else an amazing opportunity and although it was a hard decision of who to replace her with, I am pleased with my choice.”