Tulisa involved in X Factor class row

'X Factor' judge Tulisa has become embroiled in a class row after being accused of dropping Chasing Keys because they are too posh

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Hotly-tipped 'X Factor' group Chasing Keys have been axed by Tulisa.

The group were among eight acts selected for the N-Dubz star's category and despite proving hugely popular with judges and audience members, the singer did not offer them a place in the final, prompting speculation it was because the members - who all attended a £13,000-a-year public school - were "too posh".

A source told The Sun newspaper: "She gave them the impression she saw them as toffs trying to be street rappers. The Keys are convinced that's why Tulisa didn't pick them.

"It smacked to them of a decision based on a difference in their social backgrounds rather than their ability to sing."

However, the band's lead singer Charlie Healy is offered a lifeline when she asks him to join The Risk, a group which was put together from soloists who failed to make the cut in their own right.

According to reports, Charlie accepts the move but the band are also told to axe Marlon McKenzie and Mitchell McPike in order to make Tulisa's final four.

The changes mean The Risk now comprises Charlie, Derry Mensah, Ashley J. Baptiste and Andrew Merry.

An ITV insider insisted there is "no truth" to Chasing Keys' claims.

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