The competition plucks these kids (I know there is a token nod to the over 25s but the fact they get a separate category proves my point) from obscurity and catapults them into the limelight overnight. On Saturday night the show on ITV was seen by 11 million people. 11 million. Frankie sang and yes, I tweeted that I thought he was rubbish, but he got the mother of all character assassinations in front of 11 million people. Louis tore into him. Telling him that not only was he not a rock star but that he would “Never be a rock star”. I was livid and tweeted that you can never say that to somebody just as Kelly Rowland did the same thing.
That bullying is why I never watch this programme and at some point will be the subject of a separate blog post.
But that kid stood there and had his performance destroyed. He left the stage assuming that was it. He was going to be booted off by the public the following night.
The shows bosses then allowed him to go out drinking in Funky Buddah. Why was that? Why was he not escorted back to the X Factor house and put under a curfew? I am sure there must be something in their contracts that covers this.
We have already had the kiss and tell stories about Frankie being “in a bad place” when he split from a girlfriend last year and being very depressed. Well if he was depressed then it would be nothing compared to how he must have felt on Saturday night, I am certain.
Gary Barlow was filmed telling Frankie that “I am not going to tame you” and since then the media have portrayed Frankie as a the “wild child” of the competition. He was permitted to leave the house on Saturday night and party until the small hours and was almost patted on the back for only having half an hour’s sleep. No doubt he went out on Saturday night with a mindset of “I am being voted off tomorrow night so what the hell” and therefore did what 18 year old kids do. Yes, he is only 18.
He was 18, drowning his sorrows in the full glare of the media. Where were the advisors? Where were chaperones?
They were nowhere to be seen. They allowed this to happen. Why? Because what are we all talking about now? What are we going to be doing on Saturday night? It is all a ratings boost. The old addage of “all publicity is good publicity” is never truer than when something like this happens.
I bet the Beatles never played to 11 million people within three months of being discovered. I can’t think of anybody who would have done to be honest. Rock stars and thousands of bands work for years to get the sort of breaks shows like X Factor give these kids. Do they nurture them on the way up? Do they protect them?
No they let them make mistakes in front of millions and then they chuck them out.
“You have boosted our ratings now go”. Yes, he made a mistake if the drug allegations are true. But did they really expect him to do anything else?
At the end of the day whether you think Frankie Cocozza can sing or not he is an 18 year old kid who is now incredibly vulnerable. He knows he has destroyed any chance he ever had of winning that competition.
That kid needs a hug, not public ridicule and jokes being RT’ed about him.
And everybody at Syco and X Factor should take a damn good look at how they treat these impressionable kids.
If this is our idea of entertainment now, then forget it. I am out of here.