The price of fame: Tulisa tells X Factor wannabes to drop third band member as he demands 33per cent of all future earnings
00:58 GMT, 10 September 2012
With the success of Little Mix winning last year's show, many groups highlighted their desire to emulate the girls.
However, the road to glory is not always smooth and group MK1 learned that lesson on tonight's X Factor.
MK1, made up of best friends Will, 27, Charlie,19, and Simeon, 24, claimed that they all love music but they found themselves having to split up the group to chase their dream of getting a record deal.
Splitting up: MK1 auditioned for the X Factor but were told that they weren't all strong enough to progress to the next stage
Simeon said: 'We put blood, sweat and tears into this, without trying to be all clich and anything but this is what we do and we love music.'
The group paid homage to N-Dubz at the start of their audition by saying that they would love to achieve a fraction of the success the London trio have.
They sang Read All About It mixed with Written in the Stars by Professor Green, Emilie Sande and Tinie Tempah, but one of the group was visibly weaker than the other two.
Dynamic duo: Band members Charlie, left, and Simeon, right, were singled out for praise by Tulisa for their rapping skills
Sing it out: Charlie impressed the judges with her strong vocals and skillful rapping but she soon faced a tough decision
The odd one out: Tulisa told the group that they had to ditch Will, because his vocals were out of tune
Tulisa said: ' Do you want the good news or the bad news first The good news is, that’s rap. The bad news is, you’re either going to have to become a duo, or get another member.'
She said to Will: 'I need to understand what your involvement is in the band.
'I’m trying to listen to Charlie sing and I just keep hearing you coming in every couple of seconds just wailing over and I can’t hear her beautiful voice.
'It was agitating me, I wanted to enjoy the song and it was just stopping me from doing that.'
Face the music: The N-Dubz singer told the band that it was good news and bad news but they had to decide right away
Nicole was equally damning and added: 'Will, some of your notes were flat okay and she is a fireball and you need to be able to match her ok'
But Gary gave the biggest insult when he said: 'Will you look like the band's accountant whose come on stage for a song. It just doesn’t work, it really doesn’t.
'I think you should really take this advice, think about how you should move forward from here but you should not be on stage with the band, it’s distracting.'
The group made a quick decision to move forward without Will, who said that he wanted 33per cent of all profits as the group continue.
Over and out: After a brief meeting Will decided to do the honest thing and quit the band so his friends could progress
With the judges assured that Charlie and Simeon would continue as a duo they were unanimously fast tracked into the next stage.
Offstage, Will explained to host Dermot O'Leary why he made the sacrifice and said: 'We put in a year and a half's work into this and for it to stop here would be the biggest shame in the world because it could go somewhere and if I was the person to hold that back I wouldn’t forgive me if I was one of those two guys.'