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Saturday 19 April 2014

Cocozza sorry for X Factor flash

Frankie Cocozza apologised for flashing his bottom

Frankie Cocozza has apologised for flashing his bottom at The X Factor judges at the weekend.

Frankie, 18, showed off his backside, with the tattooed names of seven girls on it, while chatting at his audition.

Before performing a rendition of The Zutons track Valerie, he said he hoped success on the ITV1 show would bring him even more success with the opposite sex.

TV watchdog Ofcom received around 50 complaints about the ITV1 show, many of them about Frankie.

He told Daybreak: "It wasn't planned. I would like to say now to everyone watching, if you thought that it was the wrong thing to do, I'm really sorry."

Frankie, who pulled down his trousers after new judge N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos said she did not believe he had the tattoos, said: "When you're up there, I reckon if they'd told me to attempt a backflip, I probably would have done it."

The teenager, from Brighton, who was compared to Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams by the judges, added that he had no regrets, saying: "I thought it was funny. I hope most people watching it did."

Tulisa, who admitted on Twitter today that she has got "new teeth", said she expected criticism from contestants such as George Gerasimou, who verbally attacked her on the show, over her new role on the judging panel.

She said: "I think it was inevitable, I actually expected to get slack off someone. I know there was a lot of controversy around the fact that I was taking the role as a judge."

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