The X Factor drops contestant after rape allegation


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A contestant who had been questioned about a rape allegation before trying out for The X Factor has been dropped from the contest.

The man, in his 20s, went to an audition for the show last month attended by panellists Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Producers have decided he won't go any further in the show.

His performance will not be broadcast either when the series is shown on ITV later in the year.

The singer has been asked to step down after failing to declare that he had been questioned in a police investigation when given the opportunity.

Contestants are asked whether they have any convictions, whether they have been arrested or have charges pending.

He is understood to have gone to police voluntarily and has not been charged with any offence. He has also denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for the show said: "In light of the situation and the ongoing police investigation it has been decided that it is best for the person in question to no longer be a part of this year's competition.

"Contestants are asked as part of the application process to declare if they have any criminal convictions or if they have been arrested.

"The person in question did not make us aware of his arrest or the ongoing police investigation."

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