The X Factor 2011: Should Johnny Robinson replace Frankie Cocozza?

Is it time to give the flamboyant crooner another shot at the big time?

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If there’s one thing you can’t accuse Frankie Cocozza
of, it was being boring.

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Over the past few months the 18-year-old “singer” has been one of the most colourful characters in The X Factor, providing acres of tabloid stories, Ofcom complaints and more than a few terrible performances.  Despite a legion of adoring teenage fans continuing to vote Frankie through to the next stage of the competition, it was never likely that he would win – but even the most cynical talent show aficionado probably wasn’t expecting the youngster to be booted off the show today for “breaking the rules”.  

Now, of course X Factor bosses would argue that the show is a singing competition – but as we all know, it’s more than that. It’s a primetime entertainment format and to do that well, it has to be entertaining. With Frankie gone, Goldie Cheung pulling out and Johnny Robinson being ejected last week, entertainment-wise the barrel’s pretty close to being scraped.  Kitty Brucknell remains, but she seems to be getting better at singing and worse at being weird every week.

This is not a bumper year for fantastic singers on the show, so without the “crazy” contestants, is there enough left to keep you tuning in?

Now, thanks to today’s exciting events, there’s a vacancy in the X Factor house.  Perhaps the producers will decide to leave it empty and simply cancel a double eviction… or maybe, just maybe, they might add one final BIG TWIST to the competition, and bring a little showbiz sparkle and smile back to the show in the shape of Johnny Robinson.

The judges struggled to choose between Johnny and Kitty at this weekend’s eviction show (particularly Louis Walsh – yes, he was crying), so surely this is their chance to have their cake and eat it.

Bookies are already offering just 6/4 on Johnny being reinstated. What do you think? Would you like to see Johnny back?

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