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X Factor's Ashford begs for date with lovely Leigh

IRISH girlband Wonderland may have split up -- but singer Leigh Learmont's love life could be getting a boost.

The Diary can reveal how X Factor contestant Ashford Campbell -- of the band Nu Vibe -- has set his sights on the gorgeous Irish singer.

Now he is begging Wonderland's former co-manager Louis Walsh to bring her over to one of the X Factor live shows in London after confessing to his secret crush while chatting backstage.

"I saw one of her music videos before they broke up and I just think she's gorgeous, a real stunner," he said.

Whether Louis fancies playing match-maker between the two young singers remains to be seen -- but he has indicated he'll give the girls every help with their new careers.

The girlband, made up of Westlife star Kian Egan's wife Jodi Albert, Corrina Durran, Sharon Condon, Kasey Smith and Leigh, went their separate ways last month after Mercury Records pulled the plug.

There was huge shock among their fans at the move, given that that they had only just completed a tour around Britain and Ireland with Westlife and Xtra Factor host Olly Murs.

Band member Sharon previously told the Diary how she was totally unaware that they had lost their contract until her mum saw it on a social networking site.

"We all knew it was coming but I didn't know the band were officially announcing the split. My mum rang me and told me that the girls had posted it on their Facebook page," she said.

"I had spoken to the girls before and said that I didn't want to continue with Wonderland. So in the end it was a mutual decision because other members felt the same." However, none of the girls looks like they're letting the grass grow under their feet.

Leigh has just signed up with Assets modelling agencyand has also been linked with a possible presenting role on TG4.

She recently completed shooting a string of saucy new pics for her portfolio.

Lead singer Jodi is now five months pregnant and is due to give birth on New Year's Day.

And the girlband got a considerable boost recently after celebrity blogger Perez Hilton praised the talents of the Irish group.

Posting a link to them performing on his popular showbiz website, he urged fans to check out their hit single Not A Love Song, writing: "We love them. No auto-tune required. These girls can really sing."