Ipinaliwanag ni Ivy Grace Paredes, ang Pinay contestant na nakapasok sa X Factor UK ang kanyang"forced exit" diumano sa nasabing talent-search show sa isang statement na kanyang ipinadala sa Gulf News.
Mariin nitong itinanggi ang mga bali-balita rin na siya’y hindi natuloy mag-perform sa kompetisyon dahil denied daw ang kanyang US visa.
"When I first applied for the US visa, the US embassy officer found out that I had worked as a professional artist in the Philippines and in the UAE," pagpapaliwanag niya.
Dagdag pa niya, isang US embassy officer mismo ang nagsabi na walang problema ang kanyang mga papeles.
Ayon sakanya, "I applied in the wrong visa category. So I asked if I'm denied, the officer said no, you are not actually denied. He said, 'I advise that you apply for an artist visa instead."
“After the delay in the issuance of my visa, I was not able to continue in the competition," saad niya. "Though I am devastated with this kind of exit, I am still hopeful for the future."
Inamin ni Ivy Grace ikilaungkot niya ang kaganapan ngunit wala naman daw siyang pinagsisisihan sa kanyang naging experience.
"I know I gave the best that I could. In my heart I did not lose the battle. Perhaps, this is not the right time to show to the world my full capacity as a singer yet," pahayag ni Ivy Grace.
Nagpasalamat din siya sa mga judges ng show at sa kanyang mentor na si Sharon Osbourne.
"Despite the emotional pain, frustrations, I can still say I am happy and I will always be thankful to 'The X Factor' team for giving me the break and exposure."
"The comments given by the esteemed judges will serve as my guide in pursuing my dreams of becoming a professional singer and artist. To the 'X Factor UK'; especially to my mentor Sharon Osbourne for her unfailing support, Simon Cowell for the opportunity which millions did not have the chance to hug you; thank you very much! You changed my life," pahayag niya.
Hindi rin nakalimot si Ivy Grace sa kanyang mga taga-suporta na sinamahan siya sa kanyang X Factor UK journey
"To my supporters, this is not the end of the road, our journey has just begun. Your unwavering support will guide me into becoming a better artist today and in the future. Thank you and God bless us all!" pagtatapos ni Ivy Grace.
Naglabas din ng statement si Sharon at sinabing, “I'm really disappointed that Ivy couldn't continue in the competition but I really wish her well.”
Ang rapper na si Honey G ang pumalit kay Ivy Grace.