X Factor bosses tell hopefuls to 'up their game'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 October 2011
Frankie Cocozza

Frankie Cocozza

'X Factor' bosses have warned the show's contestants to up their game because they don't think viewers can connect with them

'X Factor' bosses have warned the show's contestants to up their game.

Producers of the ITV1 talent series are said to be furious with the behaviour and attitude of the hopefuls as they don't think viewers can connect with them, and so hauled the wannabe stars in for an urgent crisis meeting.

During the showdown, bosses slammed the contestants for "slobbing around" in the 'X Factor' house in their pyjamas instead of rehearsing and performing, not making any effort with fans, turning up to shows in their slippers and failing to live up to the programme's "brand".

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The acts were told, 'If you want to be a star, you've got to start acting like one.' The lack of effort from some contestants has been disgraceful.

"It was a pretty fiery talking to from some of the senior production staff. The acts were told in no uncertain terms what was expected of them. The producers were worried about the criticism the show has faced this series and they worry the acts this year are not keeping the audience entertained."

This comes as the show's resident lothario Frankie Cocozza - who was in the bottom two last week - pulled three girls in one night after he was given the evening off from rehearsals by mentor Gary Barlow.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Frankie was desperate to break free from the treadmill of rehearsing. He's a party animal at heart and producers were glad to see him having fun."

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