Frankie: TV bosses made me booze for X Fac­tor fall

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X FAC­TOR re­ject Frankie Co­cozza reck­ons he was set up by bosses on the re­al­ity TV show last year.

The 19-year-old singer says he was or­dered by pro­duc­ers to get drunk – and blames his boozy an­tics on them.

Lothario Frankie ( above) was booted out of the show for tak­ing Class A drugs and thinks he was used to drum up pub­lic­ity for the ail­ing pro­gramme.

He said: “I hope no one this year gets treated like I did. I was the only one who was al­lowed to party.

“Peo­ple who worked with the pro­duc­ers would tell me I could have VIP ac­cess and free drinks at all the night­clubs.

“I was only 18 and too stupid to re­alise they were set­ting me up for a fall.”

He reck­ons the ITV1 show – which caused con­tro­versy at the week­end when judge Louis Walsh bun­gled the evic­tion – is now a laugh­ing stock.

He added: “The rat­ings are go­ing down as it gets more of a joke.”

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