Shock as X Factor contestant kicked off show after taking drugs during filming

The X Factor hopeful Anthony Russell has been kicked off the show after allegedly admitting to taking drugs during filming of the ITV competition.

Anthony was a fan favourite, who won over the judges after turning up to the auditions with a black eye and revealing that he had been beaten up by a gang of thugs after a recent gig in Liverpool.

An X Factor spokeswoman said: ‘Earlier this month, due to personal reasons, Anthony withdrew from the show. We are sad to see him go and wish him all the best for the future.’

However it has now been claimed that Anthony, 27, was in fact thrown off the show after the production team were alarmed by his ‘erratic behaviour’.

‘Contestants are closely monitored by the production team. They were alarmed by how erratic he was during filming and decided to confront him,’ a source close to the show told The Sun.

‘He admitted he was a drug user and a decision was quickly taken to remove him.’