The aspiring singers had been scheduled to perform alongside the remaining acts in the first of this week’s first live shows of the series, after sailing through Louis Walsh’s Judges’ Houses stage last week.
However, Dermot O’Leary revealed at the beginning of the show that the two brothers would not be performing, simply saying their absence was “due to circumstances”.
An ‘X Factor’ spokesperson has since told Digital Spy: “This relates to information which has been given to the show today regarding one of the group.”
This comes as The Sun reports they were pulled from the live shows just hours before they were scheduled to perform DNCE’s ‘Cake By The Ocean’ due to accusations that Josh Brooks - who makes up one half of the group - had been physically abusive to a former girlfriend last year.
The Huffington Post UK has contacted ‘The X Factor’ for comment.
The double act’s time on ‘The X Factor’ has been controversial from the get-go, with a spokesperson forced to deny claims the show had been rigged in their favour before the new series had even begun, when it emerged they were managed by Simon Cowell’s close friend, Sinitta.
Back in 2007, Emily Nakanda was forced to bow out of the competition during live shows, after a video showing her “happy slapping” someone surfaced online.
Five years later, Frankie Cocozza was similarly axed, due to the fact he’d broken a “golden rule” of the competition behind the scenes.