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CATEGORY: Groups
MENTOR: Tulisa Contostavlos

Derry, Ashley and Andrew all entered The X Factor as solo artists. They were put into a group at Bootcamp along with two other contestants, Marlon and Mitchell. However, at Judges’ Houses, Tulisa decided that Marlon and Mitchell weren’t right for the group and replaced them with Charlie, who originally entered the competition as part of the band, Chasing Keys.

NAME: Derry Mensah
AGE: 21
LOCATION: London
OCCUPATION: Works in Burger King
Derry wants to be as big as Mohammad Ali, but a singer. He says: “I want to fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee. To make my audience feel amazing with my voice and sting my enemies.”

NAME: Andrew Merry
AGE: 20
LOCATION: Ayr
OCCUPATION: Car Salesman
Andrew started singing at his uncle’s wedding when he was nine. He took singing lessons and loved it so started performing gigs at nursing homes. He also did weddings and charity events but stopped when he was 17 as he didn’t feel like he was getting anywhere.

NAME: Charlie Healy
AGE: 25
LOCATION: Coventry
OCCUPATION: Singer
Charlie has auditioned for The X Factor twice before as part of groups Nu Status and then Harmony Hood. He got to Judges’ Houses once. He auditioned this year as part of Chasing Keys after meeting the other boys at Bootcamp last year.

NAME: Ashley J Baptiste
AGE: 22
LOCATION: London
OCCUPATION: Graduate
Ashley started singing at church, where he also learnt to play the piano. He recently graduated from Cambridge University.

— Ashley quit the show at the end of week 3, Nu Vibe member Ashford was brought back to replace him —

NAME: Ashford Campbell
AGE: 19
LOCATION: Huddersfield
OCCUPATION: Student
Ashford’s dream is to duet with Chris Brown and be the first of three generations in his family to fulfil a dream of making it as a singer. His dad and two granddads all wanted to be singers but never had any success.

The Risk’s Song Choices:
Week one: Plan B – She Said
Week two: Bruno mars – Just The Way You Are
Week three: Aerosmith – Crazy
Week four: Michael Jackson – Thriller
Week five: Shalamar – A Night To Remember

The Risk were voted off in week five. Due to them receiving the fewest votes then didn’t get the chance to sing for their survival and was booted straight out of the competition.

The Risk on Twitter: @theriskoffic

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Last updated: Friday 11 November 2011
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