7 X Factor stars that could have been huge but were forced to leave the competition

The X Factor 2018 is in full swing and, so far, we’re loving it. It’s way too early to talk favourites, especially because the show has a long history of acts who could have been huge stars but were either removed or disqualified from the show…

1. Frankie Cocozza

Someone probably should have explained to Frankie that The X Factor is a family show as he was clearly oblivious to that rather important detail when he went around allegedly boasting about snorting cocaine. He was booted out of the competition, his mentor Gary Barlow said he was “hugely disappointed” in the singer, and his career never fully recovered. Gutted.

2. Shirlena Johnson

Shirlena’s X Factor audition certainly made for entertaining viewing. Her eccentric performance of Duff’s Mercy became a huge talking point – but it later emerged that she had mental health problems and suddenly her eccentric performances became alarming. After her mother spoke out while she was at Boot Camp, producers decided to step in and removed her from the competition for her own welfare.

3. Emily Nakanda

We couldn’t believe Emily was just 14 during her audition. The teenager’s performance of Randy Crawford’s ‘Almaz’ was so impressive she even grabbed some applause from Simon during his mean years. But then, it was suddenly all over – Emily was forced to leave the competition after a video was leaked online of her attacking another girl in a vicious ‘happy slapping’ video. We haven’t heard much from her since.

4. Brooks Way

Remember this pair? Simon had pound signs shining from his eyes when the twins walked out. They were gorgeous, flawless singers and teenage girls across the country instantly fell in love. But the brothers were kicked off the show when it was claimed that Josh had been violent towards his ex-girlfriend, leaving her with bite marks and black eyes, along with bruising on her legs and arms. Although Kyle had nothing to do with the attack, he was also shown the back door by producers.

5. Sisi Jghalef

Six-piece girl group Hope had a bright future ahead of them – especially the talented Sisi. However, producers then learnt that she had a criminal conviction with an outstanding sentence. With this being against the rules of the show, she was asked to leave immediately. Hope continued as a five-piece but it was never quite the same.

6. Avenue

Back in series three, Louis Walsh was convinced he’d found the next Westlife in boyband Avenue – and we were pretty hopeful, too. Then he found out that the lads had been lying to him; they had a secret management deal with mogul Ashley Tabor, who advised them to go on the show for publicity. Louis consequently disqualified the group.

7. Ivy Grace Paredes

Nobody ever wanted to see Ivy leave the competition. But unfortunately, the Filipino singer had visa issues that prevented her from taking part in the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition, which was filmed in the US. Although show bosses tried to help speed up her application, it was too late and Ivy lost her place on the show.

The X Factor is on ITV, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm.

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