X Factor contestants are staying at the upmarket Grove Hotel near Watford, but some visitors to the area have other things on their mind than singing...

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A free, catered stay in a posh hotel while appearing on one of the nation’s best-known reality shows sounds like a dream, right? For the lucky 180 X Factor contestants who’ve made it past the first audition stages, it’s their reality.

They’re enjoying a stay in the five-star Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross, just outside Watford. But in the woods around the hotel, a saucy secret lurks.

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According to the Daily Star, the forests around the hotel are overrun with doggers, who are posting recommendations about the woods on sex websites.

‘Good weekend action after 9pm,’ one post reportedly reads, while another warns would-be al fresco lovers to ‘watch out for genuine dog walkers during the day.’

One user of the website invited other adventurous types to join him, writing: ‘Up for dogging fun in the woods near the Grove Hotel this week. Come meet me and my girl buddy in her swanky new Range Rover for some XXX-rated fun.’

Blimey! Let’s hope none of the X Factor hopefuls is partial to an evening stroll, or they might get quite a bit more than they bargained for.

The hotel, however, is remaining tight-lipped on the dogging drama, and didn’t comment on the Star’s report, but n X Factor spokesperson said they were unaware of the reports of the, ahem, outdoor activities.

It’s just one scandal after another on this year’s X Factor, isn’t it?

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