X Factor rejects The Risk warn Frankie on his partying
Published 08/11/2011 | 08:34
X Factor rejects The Risk have revealed they have told party-loving rival Frankie Cocozza to calm down.
The teenager managed to survive the public vote again at the weekend, despite being favourite to get the boot after his performance was panned by judges.
Instead, The Risk were axed along with Johnny Robinson in a double eviction.
Risk star Andy Merry said they had warned Cocozza to wind down his partying.
The 20-year-old car salesman, said: "He does work hard, but we've said to him: 'You've got a great opportunity here, just calm down a bit.'"
Bandmate Ashford Campbell, 19, said Cocozza did apply himself to the show, but the balance was currently weighted in favour of enjoying himself.
"He knows when he needs to work and the days he gets off he might go out or he might go and see some friends.
"But most of time he is actually sat researching the song he's doing, trying to perfect the song. He comes to us and asks for advice on the song.
"He balances the work and the play - but at the minute I think he's just enjoying the playing."
The Risk vowed to stay together and pursue their dream of chart success, revealing they looked to former X Factor finalists JLS as inspiration.
Campbell said: "JLS are doing great from the show. We're taking them as inspiration to motivate ourselves.
"They just went out and did loads of gigs, and built up their fanbase even more after leaving the show and I think that's what really worked for them. It kept the fans growing and growing and they eventually got signed."
Meanwhile, Robinson, who was voted off the show at the weekend after the judges chose to save Kitty Brucknell, said he felt "humbled" by the support he received from the public as a singer.
The 45-year-old had previously performed as a drag act before auditioning for the ITV1 show.
He said: "I tried talent shows as a female impersonator because I had a different style voice and it didn't work, and I tried The X Factor as myself and it worked.
"And I was humbled and enlightened by the public's warmth to me, which I really appreciate. And that's the thing that I can take away from the X Factor - that people were nice to me and I hope they like me. A lot of people did, and that's lovely."
The 45-year-old Londoner now has his eye on Olly Murs's presenting job on ITV2's spin-off show.
He said: "I'd like to do The Xtra Factor. I'd like to do that next year if Olly's not doing it."
Robinson said he was happy to have got as far in the competition as he did.
He said: "I'd be quite happy back in my little bedsit. I've come from nothing, I've got nothing. I've just tried to make my life a little bit better.
"If I go back to my bedsit that's fine, at least I've got a roof over my head, there's a lot of people far worse off than me."