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Frankie Cocozza kicked off The X Factor after 'boasting about taking cocaine'


  • Gary 'hugely disappointed' that Frankie 'threw away an opportunity

  • Frankie says his life is 'out of control' and no longer deserves his place in show

  • Singer will be edited out of M&S Christmas advertisement

  • Kelly Rowland reacts with shock upon hearing news during TV interview


Frankie Cocozza has been axed from The X Factor after claims he 'boasted about taking cocaine'.

The cocky wannabe rockstar was ordered to leave the house this morning after he had 'broken a golden rule', which it soon emerged was related to drug use.

He released an apologetic statement admitting his life had 'gone out of control' and that his behaviour off stage had 'over-stepped the rules of the competition.'




Despite his questionable vocals and inflated opinion of himself, the 18-year-old seemed to be winning over the public.

He escaped the bottom two last weekend, which saw the shock dismissal of boy band The Risk and Johnny Robinson.

But now Frankie's backstage antics and wild behaviour have seen him get the boot from producers and he has been sent home packing.

This afternoon, a statement was released, with Frankie saying: 'I’d like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today, I will no longer be in The X Factor.

'My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition.

'I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.'

An X Factor spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: 'Frankie is leaving the show today after breaking competition rules.

'He is going to take some time out before continuing his career as a singer.'


Today mentor Gary Barlow who has not tried to curb the teens errant behaviour throughout the competition said: 'Frankie has apologised publicly as well as personally to me and the producers for his actions that lead to him leaving the show.

'I'm hugely disappointed that he's thrown away an opportunity like this after working so hard to get here. I'm sorry to see him go as we've been through a lot together in such a short time.'

And he added, throwing a lifeline to the young singer: 'I hope Frankie continues to look to me as a friend and supporter and works it all out, picks himself up and somehow tries to turn this into a positive.'

No news has been released yet about who, if anyone, will take his place.

The spokeperson simply added: 'We'll make an announcement about Saturday's show tomorrow.'

This weekend his first girlfriend Yasmin Griffith, revealed to a Sunday paper how Frankie turned to drugs when they split up last year.

The painful break-up sent the singer down a path of self-destruction which saw him start smoking, drinking and experimenting with drugs, she said.

Blonde Yasmin, 18, who lost her virginity to Frankie aged 15, alleged how she once caught him with a bag of former legal high mephedrone, often referred to by street name Meow Meow, at a party.

And last month, Frankie admitted he had ended up in a 'bad way' after he started taking the drug before it was made illegal in 2010.

He said: 'I've done stupid things. I wasn't doing anything with my life. I was on the dole and depressed.'

The singer will be edited out of the M&S Christmas advertisement this week, along with other eliminated contestants.

Cocozza courted controversy from the start, when Gary Barlow originally chose him for live shows over singer Joe Cox for the boys category.



His vocals were weaker than his competitors, but ITV chiefs sold him to the public as a 'cheeky chappy'; a Robbie Williams character who didn't need the voice as he had the charisma.

Yet, the teenager sealed his own fate today after weeks of constant partying, taking girls back to the house he shares with other contestants, excessive drinking and continual lack of sleep.

Further drama unfolded yesterday after media watchdog Ofcom launched investigations into his naughty antics.

More than 100 complaints from viewers were logged, with Ofcom launching separate inquiries into Cocozza's swearing on stage and allegedly glamorising alcohol consumption.

Following Saturday's live show, in which Frankie performed a disastrous rendition of I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas, he headed from the X Factor studios to an off-licence with friends.

He then went to a private party, later moving on to Funky Buddha where he met up with a fan before heading home with several girls in tow.

A source said: 'At one point Frankie was seen at a window in just his boxers.

'The party went on until 7am - not the best preparation for Sunday’s show.'

Yesterday, Ofcom launched three investigations into the X Factor – two relating to the behaviour and portrayal of the teenager and one into the mishandling of an on-air competition.

The first inquiry is examining the broadcast of swearing before the 9pm watershed.

Ofcom received 102 complaints when, on the October 23 show, Cocozza shouted '****ing have it, get in there' after avoiding eviction in the public vote.

A second investigation relates to a clip aired the previous evening showing what contestants had been doing during the week.

Cocozza was seen spending his free time partying in London nightclubs and Ofcom received 28 complaints that it glamorised and encouraged the misuse of alcohol.

Even though ITV apologised, watchdog bosses were said to be taking the swearing extremely seriously as it comes just weeks after it warned broadcasters over programmes aired before 9pm.

Guidelines issued in September followed 4,500 complaints over 'soft porn' performances by singers Rihanna and Christina Aguilera in last year’s X Factor final.

The new regulations aim to help broadcasters comply with the Broadcasting Code rules for pre-watershed content, paying particular attention to family viewing programmes, trailers and soaps.

Last night, an Ofcom source said: 'One of the big issues is the use of the word ****ing before 9pm.

'There is serious significance here as we only put the new guidelines out recently.

'The other issues are in terms of the potential glamorisation of the misuse of alcohol.'

Ofcom is also investigating an on-air competition broadcast on October 22 in which multiple-choice answers were apparently mixed up.

Today, bookmakers Paddy Power refunded Cocozza bets, returning in excess of £10,000 to people who optimistically bet on him to win.

Paddy Power said: 'Frankie punters didn’t get much of a run for their money so we’re only too happy to have a decent excuse to give their money back.'

Unfaithful: Frankie was believed to have upset fellow contestant Amelia Lily after getting close and then cheating on her

Liverpudlian hairdresser Marcus Collins remain the bookies 9/4 favourite ahead of Janet Devlin at 3/1 and Craig Colton at 7/2.

Earlier today Frankie posted on his Twitter page that he would be shooting the video for the X Factor charity single Wishing On A Star tomorrow, but he has since deleted the post.

Yesterday, The Risk revealed they had warned Frankie to cut down his partying.

Andy Merry said: 'We said to him, "You've got a great opportunity, just calm down a bit,"' while Ashford Campbell added: 'He balances the work and the play - but at the minute I think he's just enjoying the playing.'

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