X Factor News: Cocozza a goner after breaking a 'Golden Rule'
Don't cry! You'll doubtless be seeing him again on a reality show near you soon...
"Cocozza cheated the elimination markets in recent weeks suggesting a groundswell of support and some punters were arguing he had the potential to be a genuine dark horse in the winner market."
Show loses its most controversial star of the series as apparent bad behaviour takes its toll
Wildchild, bad boy or just a normal lad gorging on the opportunities afforded him? Whatever you think - and we are yet to learn the full details - Frankie Cocozza has been chucked off the X Factor today for breaking one of the show's "golden rules".
The mop-haired singer had courted controversy throughout the show with after a string of late nights and paparazzi shots in clinches with young ladies.
On the stage his poor singing made him one of the outsiders early on as Betfair customers realised there wasn't much to back up the bravado and reckoned on a more talented contestant taking the big prize. Nevertheless, Cocozza cheated the elimination markets in recent weeks suggesting a groundswell of support and some punters were arguing he had the potential to be a genuine dark horse in the winner market.
But the 18-year-old appears to have taken the behaviour a step too far and will now take a break before making his next move.
Speaking on the official website Cocozza said: "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."
Layers aren't totally writing off Cocozza's chances - leaving him at [240.0] to back in the current betting. Marcus Collins heads the market at [3.9], followed by Janet Devlin ([4.4]) and Craig Colton ([5.1]).
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