X Factor acts get second chance after Frankie departure


Amelia Lily and Jonjo Kerr

The X Factor is to replace Frankie Cocozza by bringing back one of the acts eliminated in the first live show.

James Michael, Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes and Jonjo Kerr will get a chance to permanently return to the show on Saturday.

The public will be able to vote by phone on who they think should get a second chance in the competition.

It comes after Cocozza left the show with producers saying he broke the rules.

The four acts in with a chance of returning have never faced the public before and were eliminated by the judges in the first live show.

Voting phone numbers to decide who will return will be released later on Thursday.

The act with the most votes will return at the weekend and sing alongside the remaining six hopefuls.

This weekend will see contestants performing either a song by either Lady Gaga or Queen.

Frankie Cocozza left the show on Tuesday after "breaking competition rules" and despite tabloid speculation the exact reason why he was kicked off hasn't yet been confirmed.

The 18-year-old put out a statement saying: "I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me."

His mentor, Gary Barlow, said he was "hugely disappointed" that Frankie had thrown away his place in the competition.