‘X Factor’ Australia finalist Josh Brookes dumped from the singing contest after unauthorised live chat with another hopeful, Adil Memon, when they allegedly asked fans to “send us banana pics” – meaning naked images.
Memon, 18, was voted off the show after a weak performance during the Top 12 live show on Tuesday night, but Brookes was officially disqualified over the incident when it was brought to the attention of FremantleMedia Australia producers.
Seven issued a statement confirming the incident.
“During an out of hours social media session Josh behaved in an inappropriate manner that put him in breach of his responsibilities to this program. After a careful review of the incident, FremantleMedia Australia, producers of the program, together with Channel Seven made a joint decision to remove him from the competition. Josh will return home to Perth.”
It leaves Mel B with only one contender left, Dubbo singer Jason Owen, and expect a replacement for Brookes “to be announced in the coming days”.