Paije Richardson is arguably one of the nicest contestants this year on the X Factor. From his very first audition to his first performance on stage, Paije demonstrated he was a serious contender for the pop throne. But, the ex cinema worker was forced to pull out of rehearsals after he heard the terrible news that his Gran had past away.

The Sun reports Paije got the phone call last night and immediately told producers that he had to return home. But, even though he was pretty much all over the place, and clearly devastated, he kept apologising about having to leave. A source (or possibly a producer for the program) said "Paije was devastated but he's such a lovely lad he kept saying he was sorry and that he had to go. We just said, 'Of course you have to go', and made arrangements for him to be with his relatives."

It's not known if he will perform on Saturday. If he does, well, fair play to him. It would not be an easy task.

-Alicia Coyle

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