Johnny Lloyd finds new X Avenue

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 June 2010
Simon Cowell

X Factor judge Simon Cowell

Singer Johnny Lloyd was delighted to get through to the next round of 'X Factor' auditions, four years after being kicked off the show for lying

'X Factor' reject Johnny Lloyd is getting a second chance at fame - four years after being kicked off the show for lying.

The 29-year-old singer - whose band Avenue were axed from the competition in 2006 because they had a professional management contract and had been formed specifically for the show - has been voted through to the next round of this year's programme with his new band Princes and Rogues.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Johnny was elated to go through, although the band know they need a lot of work."

The group impressed judges Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell, but failed to win over Cheryl Cole - who was not on the panel when Johnny first auditioned - with their performance of The Saturdays' 'Forever Is Over'.

The source added: "Cheryl said they didn't have enough swagger for a boy band and Louis, although he put them through, admitted he was disappointed and expects more."

Revealing his decision to axe Avenue in 2006, Simon blasted them for "misleading" the judges and show producers.

He said: "They misled us. It wouldn't have been fair to allow them to deprive another act of a slot in the finals."

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