The X Factor 2011 bootcamp has been plagued with claims of bullying and sexual antics between contestants, supposedly encouraged by the show's producers in a bid to 'sex up' the show. The People say acts were spotted getting drunk, boasting about their sexual conquests and sobbing after being bullied.
One contestant told the newspaper they were floods of tears after being picked on by “jealous rivals”, while others were seen binge drinking into the early hours.
Kitty Brucknell, who we saw make it to bootcamp on Saturday's opening show, told the newspaper last week: “No one likes me here, I’m useless.
“There is no place for me in this competition – you should see what they are saying about me.”
And the claims will be hard for the judges to read, with Tulisa previously saying of her bullying hell: “I was in a dark, dark place and I turned to self-harm. I would cut myself daily.”
Meanwhile Frankie Cocozza, who also featured on the launch of the new series at the weekend, boasted about hooking up with fellow contestants.
He said about one fellow unsuccessful hopeful he bedded: “I don’t care about that girl. It was nothing. They wanted me to say bye on camera and get upset but I didn’t want to.”
Frankie boasted: “The most important thing is getting some girls.”
But wacky wannabe Goldie was just glad to be away from her husband!
“I’ve been married for 22 years and looked after the kids for 17, it’s about time he looked after them," she said. "It’s time for fun. I’m originally from Hong Kong and I love living here.”
An X Factor spokesperson commented: “Our duty of care towards our contestants’ welfare is of paramount importance.
“Bootcamp is an intense experience, but the production team are present at all times to ensure the well-being of all contestants.”
The X Factor continues next weekend.