One of four previously rejected contestants is to return to The X Factor this Saturday, replacing Frankie Cocozza.
The four acts eliminated by the judges in the first live show – Jonjo Kerr, Amelia Lily, James Michael and 2 Shoes – face a public vote between tomorrow and Saturday to decide who makes a shock return to the competition.
Cocozza left the show yesterday “after breaking competition rules”. Speculation since then has centred on Cocozza allegedly being overheard talking about taking cocaine since becoming a contestant.
More details on how the four-way phone vote is to be conducted – including the numbers to ring to back your chosen act – will be released by The X Factor tomorrow.
An X Factor spokesperson said: “The four acts have never been in a public vote so, with Frankie leaving the competition, this is an opportunity for the public to decide who comes back to the show.”
It had been widely predicted that Johnny Robinson, who was unanimously voted off the talent show by its four judges in last Sunday’s sing-off, would be reprieved following Cocozza’s departure. Many of the programme’s fans were disappointed when the popular, likeable 45-year-old from north-west London was eliminated.
Yesterday in a RadioTimes.com poll, nearly 2,000 readers said Robinson should be brought back.
This Saturday, all acts are to sing songs by either Lady Gaga or Queen.