The X Factor Anthony Russell booted off show

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 September 2017
Anthony Russell (c) ITV

Anthony Russell (c) ITV

'The X Factor' contestant Anthony Russell has reportedly been axed from the competition after he admitted to taking drugs

'The X Factor' contestant Anthony Russell has reportedly been booted off the show.

The wannabe pop star - who was nicknamed 'Skippy' by Sharon Osbourne - quickly became a fan favourite after he made it through to the Judges' Houses when he wowed the panel during the six-chair challenge, but his dreams of winning the series have been cut short after he reportedly admitted to taking drugs to the production team.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Contestants are closely monitored by the production team. They were alarmed by how erratic he was and decided to confront him. He admitted he was a drug user and a decision was quickly taken to remove him. It's a shame, as he was hotly tipped to make the live shows."

However, it may not be the end of the road for Anthony - who turned up to his first audition with a black eye after he was allegedly attacked by a gang in Liverpool - as bosses have told him to sort himself out and reapply for the show next year.

An insider explained: "Production are all very fond of him so have told him, if he straightens himself out, they would love him to have another shot next year. That is the perfect incentive for him to get his life back on track."

A representative for the show confirmed last night (26.09.17) that Anthony had pulled out of the competition earlier this month due to "personal reasons".

The spokesperson said: "Earlier this month, due to personal reasons, Anthony withdrew from the show. We are sad to see him go and wish him the best for the future."

Meanwhile, Anthony previously applied for the singing competition 10 years ago when he was just 17 but he failed to make it through at the time.

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