X Factor: The Risk and Johnny Robinson defend Frankie Cocozza

Johnny Robinson

We may all be angry at Frankie Cocozza for once again avoiding elimination on The X Factor, but both The Risk and Johnny Robinson have defended the teenager from criticism. The acts, who were both kicked out yesterday, said people shouldn't be slagging off the 19-year-old.

Johnny Robinson said: "He's only a young lad, isn't he? He's just like any other 19-year-old lad, interested in girls and it's just normal for a 19-year-old boy. Full of testosterone. I won't dictate advice to a young lad like that. You learn through life. I've had a hard life, but I've hopefully come out of it okay."

Speaking to DigitalSpy, he added: "I just think people should treat people how they would want to be treated. Good manners cost nothing. That's the only advice I give to anyone. We all have feelings. We all cry, we all bleed, we all hurt at the end of the day."

And The Risk echoed the sentiments, saying: "We love Frankie, whatever way he has been portrayed on the TV we didn’t think it’s right."

The group insisted that despite perceptions, Frankie is actually a hard worker behind the scenes.

"No none really sees Frankie behind the scenes, he actually does work hard. We shared a room with him, we know what he’s like. He does work hard," the boys said on This Morning earlier today.