A group of singing pensioners who impressed Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh have quit The X Factor because they are too old to face Boot Camp.
The Nostalgics, a choir from Coventry whose oldest member is 94, made it through the live auditions after impressing the judges with the rendition of Katy Perry’s Firework, the Daily Record reported.
The group got three yeses from Gary, Louis and Nicole Scherzinger with Louis saying: “I loved everything about it.”
But they have now pulled out of the ITV singing contest, as they could not spend such a long time away from home.
Linda Silva, 77, organiser of The Nostalgics, said: “We couldn’t go away to Boot Camp for four days at our age. It was our decision. Some gentlemen in the group are full-time carers for their partners and others just couldn’t face being away from home.
“We had to think about things like stairs, food, medication. We’re not like these young folk who can party until the small hours – when you get to our age you prefer the quieter things in life, and realistically we didn’t want to stay in some London hotel for four nights.”
Meanwhile, The Sun has revealed there will be two episodes of The X Factor every week for the whole series for the first time this year.
Usually the audition rounds are screened just once a week, until the live finals, when contestants compete on a Saturday, and learn if they have been voted through to the next round on a Sunday.
But this year The X Factor – which is expected to launch on August 31 – will show a double helping of audition rounds every week from the off. This year contestants were submitted to two rounds of auditions – closed auditions with the judges, followed by the live audition rounds in front of an audience.
Some of the intimate closed auditions are thought to have got exciting, as unlucky contestants came to blows with judges.