Amelia makes X Factor return

Amelia Lily

Amelia Lily

Amelia Lily was voted back onto 'X Factor' last night (12.11.11) as Frankie Cocozza's replacement.

Amelia Lily was voted back onto 'X Factor' last night (12.11.11).

The pink-haired hopeful beat off competition from previous axed contestants 2 Shoes, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr in a pubic vote to re-enter the ITV1 show as a replacement for Frankie Cocozza, who was chucked off the programme for boasting about taking cocaine.

Amelia received 48 per cent of the vote and sang live on last night's show - which experienced technical difficulties, forcing ITV to air 16 minutes of highlights while the problems were addressed - with a rendition of Queen's aptly-named song 'The Show Must Go On'.

The 16-year-old wannabe - who had been the favourite to return - impressed the judges, with Gary Barlow describing her performance as "absolutely sensational".

Louis Walsh said: "I don't know what to say, that was an amazing powerful vocal. Welcome back, I think now you're going to get to show your proper talent. I want you to go far in the competition."

Amelia told host Dermot O'Leary she had been "shaking" throughout her performance, and she thanked fans for voting her back on the show.

She explained: "I'm so happy, I'm so grateful. I'm so happy to be back. It's just amazing."

Meanwhile, Louis has slammed Gary as the person responsible for Frankie's downfall, saying he "encouraged" the 18-year-old party-loving lothario's "wild behaviour".

He told the Daily Star on Sunday: "Gary's the only one to blame for Frankie. He was supposed to be mentoring him but instead he encouraged his wild behaviour.

"I was annoyed Gary tried to blame me for Frankie's troubles. He's trying to blame everyone else but it's his fault.

"Back at judges' houses Gary actually said, 'I don't want Frankie to behave' - so he encouraged him as far as I'm concerned.

"He was Frankie's mentor, he was supposed to be looking after him. I feel absolutely no guilt or responsibility for Frankie."

As a result of the argument, the Irish music manager has hinted this series of 'X Factor' could be his last.

He added: "It may be time to bow out."


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