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Murs wants Cocozza back for final

Olly Murs reckons it would be "a shame" not to have wild boy Frankie Cocozza back for The X Factor final.

The 19-year-old quit the show following his alleged drug boasts and was also cut from the video for this year's charity single. But Olly confessed he'd like to see the teenager back for the series climax - when the live show contestants reunite on stage.

"It would be a shame not to see him back. Obviously with the charity single, I can fully understand the reasons behind that - with why he left the show, I can understand," The Xtra Factor host said.

"But it is the last night, the final, and we'd like to see Frankie there. We'll find out at the end of the week."

He added: "You've got to take the positives, Frankie did make a massive impact on the show."

Olly also revealed show creator Simon Cowell had been giving him feedback on his hosting skills.

"Simon's been in contact a lot, I've spoken to him myself, and the judges, so he's really given great feedback on how we've done," he added.

"He loves our show and he really thinks The X Factor has been brilliant and he can't fault it, he says it's been fantastic, so that's good to know."

But the Thinking Of Me singer - who this week performed at the re-opening of Nando's at Birmingham's Bullring - doesn't hold out much hope for Simon returning to the UK version of the show.

"I think he's committed with the US X Factor, I think it's going to be for three or four series. We'd all open our arms out and take Simon if he was available, because he's a massive personality, so who knows, he could be back."

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