X Factor renegade Frankie Cocozza has been shown the door from the ITV show after allegedly bragging about his drug intake during the show, as Ladbrokes announced they will pay out on free bets on Frankie as the 10th elimination.
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After a week of almost non-stop controversy for Cocozza which included an investigation by Ofcom after swearing before the watershed, it seems the inevitable has happened – the mediocre crooner has been given the boot.
While show bosses remained tight lipped on the exact reason why Cocozza had left the show -saying only he had broken the show’s “golden rules” – the Sun reports that it was his bragging about taking cocaine that finally proved to be the tipping point.
There was at least some good news for fans who had backed Cocozza to win the competition outright, with Paddy Power saying they will refund outright bets placed on the Brighton youngster.
Over £10,000 had been placed on Cocozza to win with the bookmakers, who insist that fans that had backed him won’t miss out.
“Frankie’s 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,” a spokesman for the bookmaker said.
In a statement issued today, Cocozza apologised to his mentor on the show, Take That singer Gary Barlow, who admitted he was “disappointed” with his behaviour.
“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.” Cocozza said.
“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.” He added.
Cacozza had come in for criticism during last week’s show after avoiding being in the bottom three despite his woeful rendition of the Black Eyed Peas “I got a feeling”, while a wave of stories about his nightly exploits led to reports suggesting X Factor executives were beginning to lose patience with him, with some suggesting he would walk away from the show before being pushed.