Andrea Faustini and Ben Haenow slapped with biscuit ban
Andrea Faustini and Ben Haenow - who have both reached the semi-finals of 'The X Factor' - have been banned from eating sweet treats and put on a new exercise regime
'The X Factor' stars Andrea Faustini and Ben Haenow have been banned from eating biscuits.
The semi-finalists are said to have been banned from eating sweet treats such as biscuits and chocolate bars after piling on the pounds in recent weeks.
Revealing they've been put on a strict exercise regime in a bid to have them in better shape if they make it to the final, a source said: "Andrea and Ben have put on weight and it's becoming a problem.
"Andrea's always been a bit cuddly, but if he wants to be a serious pop star he needs to be in better shape.
"Ben is not exactly fat, but he's getting a bit of a belly and it's becoming harder and harder for the stylists to hide it."
Andrea is the last of Mel B's boys category while Ben is one of Simon Cowell's two over 25s and while they claim they're often very involved in choosing which songs to sing in the live shows, they've been given no choice when it comes to their new diets.
The source continued to The Sun newspaper: "We have spoken to them both and said they need to seriously think about whether they want a career in pop music.
"They need to cut out biscuits and get to the gym.
"That isn't a suggestion, that's an order from the very top."
The news comes after Italian contestant Andrea recently admitted he'd been resisting the show's attempts to get him into better shape.
He said previously: "'The X Factor' tried to put me on a diet. For three weeks I ate broccoli and grilled chicken. But I hated it. Yuk."