Tom Bleasby has withdrawn from the The X Factor.
Despite securing a place as a finalist in judge Nick Grimshaw’s boys category, the 19-year-old will not be seen at Judges’ Houses stage of the ITV singing competition.
In a statement, The X Factor said: “We can confirm that Tom Bleasby has chosen to withdraw from the competition due to personal reasons.”
Tom explained his decision to quit to the official X Factor website at ITV.com.
“It was a tough decision, I think I really discovered it at the Six Chair Challenge,” he said. “I just don’t know if I felt vocally ready to take on the competition and the pressure.”
He added: “I’m quite a relatively new singer, back in March, I was singing in my bedroom, so I’ve never took to live performing very well. I’m still discovering myself and in the competition, there are some amazing singers and I feel like I need more time to get better myself, as I don’t feel like I’m strong enough.”
Tom continued: “Moving forward, without being 100%, would have been selfish on my part because I would have stopped someone else who was at 100% vocally from going further in the competition. Hopefully given time, I could get there with more time to grow artistically and vocally.”
The young singer praised BBC Radio One’s Nick as a “fantastic” mentor, and thanked those who had backed him since his first audition back in August.