Gary Barlow 'responsible' for Frankie Cocozza axe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 November 2011
Frankie Cocozza

Frankie Cocozza

Gary Barlow feels ''responsible'' for the downfall of his 'X Factor' contestant Frankie Cocozza, who was eliminated from the ITV1 show on Tuesday (08.10.11)

Gary Barlow feels "responsible" for the downfall of Frankie Cocozza.

The 'X Factor' judge explained while the 18-year-old rocker - who was axed from the ITV1 show on Tuesday (08.11.11) after breaking a "golden rule" of the competition - has "wasted an opportunity" with his behaviour, he feels sorry that he didn't intervene and curb his party-loving lifestyle.

Gary told BANG Showbiz: "It's important to say that Frankie has been silly and he's wasted an opportunity, there's no question about that - but he's an 18-year-old boy.

"I am the only judge on the panel with kids and I have to take responsibility for what happened with Frankie. He's got to live with this for the rest of his life and that's where I feel bad for him."

However, fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos insists it's not part of a mentor's role to "babysit" their acts.

She said: "Gary did all he could do and at the end of the day he's not a babysitter. Gary only met Frankie a few months ago and he has his own kids to look after. What more could he have done? Frankie is his own person and he made his own mistakes."

While Gary accepts responsibility for Frankie's elimination from the series, he also blames 'X Factor' bosses for ramping up the teen's reputation as a bad guy, and co-judge Louis Walsh for the negative comments he made during last weekend's show.

He added: "In our own ways, we all encouraged Frankie not only to be good, but to be bad as well. The show has enjoyed the publicity we've had from it, but it just went too far and too out of control for us to have him on the show any more.

"I don't want to isolate it to an incident but I felt Louis' comments to Frankie on Saturday night weren't encouraging."

This weekend's show will see either 2 Shoes, Amelia Lily, James Michael or Jonjo Kerr replace Frankie on 'The X Factor'.

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