Simon Cowell splits X Factor brothers Alex and Leon James of group ITG in cruellest move yet – having already separated mother and daughter duo Descendance

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THE X Factor judges cause heartache for brother singing duo ITG this weekend when they split them up – only letting one of them through to the judges houses.

Good-looking brothers Leon and Alex James, aged 22 and 18, performed for the judges on Saturday’s show with their soulful rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Don’t.

 Simon Cowell is showing his relentless side once again

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Simon Cowell is showing his relentless side once again

The pair, from Norwich, regularly sing on stage in a local hotel, alongside their mum and nan.

But this weekend, in the bootcamp round of the ITV talent competition, Simon Cowell, 57, and his fellow judges Louis Walsh, 65, Nicole Scherzinger, 39, and Sharon Osbourne, 64, cause a family feud when they send younger brother Alex home.

Meanwhile, crooner Leon is allowed to continue in the competition and makes it through to judges’ houses as a solo singer.

A production source said: “Simon and the judges put the lads in a really tough position and there’s high drama. It’s an agonising decision for the whole family and there are a few tears.

“But, ultimately, they wanted Leon to have the chance of success, even if it meant trying to do it alone.

“Alex hasn’t given up hope and is still singing.”

 Alex (left) and Leon James (right) of group ITG X Factor

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Alex (left) and Leon James (right) of group ITG X Factor
 Leon has been sent through as a solo act

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Leon has been sent through as a solo act
 Meaning Alex has been sent home

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Meaning Alex has been sent home
 X Factor mother and daughter duo Descendance have already been split up

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X Factor mother and daughter duo Descendance have already been split up
X Factor mum and daughter group Descendance thrill with sassy rap routine

At the weekend’s audition head judge Simon expressed his concerns about the brothers.

He said: “Obviously you’re brothers and there’s that connection, I just don’t think you know where you should be going.”

While Louis added: “I didn’t really love the song, it didn’t really show off your voices and I think singing in the hotel you’ve fallen into bad habits.”

 The judges urged Hayley Norton (left) to dump mum Debye (right)

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The judges urged Hayley Norton (left) to dump mum Debye (right)
 The judges thought Debye was holding her daughter back

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The judges thought Debye was holding her daughter back
 So they gave Hayley an ultimatum

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So they gave Hayley an ultimatum
 The scenes were emotional viewing

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The scenes were emotional viewing
 Simon has split up two groups now

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Simon has split up two groups now
 From left, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dermot O'Leary, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell

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From left, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dermot O’Leary, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell
 Simon ordered Leon to go it alone

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Simon ordered Leon to go it alone
 Simon sent James home

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Simon sent James home

It’s the second family act judges have split up.


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Separated Northern Irish mother-daughter duo Descendance Hayley Norton, 20, was told to dump her distraught mum Debye, 40, and perform as a solo artist instead.

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