Frankie Cocozza has apologised for flashing his bottom at The X Factor judges at the weekend.

The 18-year-old X Factor contestant showed off his backside, with the tattooed names of seven girls on it, while chatting at his audition.

Before performing a rendition of The Zutons’ Valerie, he said he hoped success on the ITV1 show would bring him even more success with the opposite sex.

TV watchdog Ofcom received around 50 complaints about the ITV1 show, many of them about Frankie.

He told Daybreak: “It wasn’t planned. I would like to say now to everyone watching, if you thought that it was the wrong thing to do, I’m really sorry.”

Frankie pulled down his trousers after new judge Tulisa Contostavlos said she did not believe he had the tattoos.

He said: “When you’re up there, I reckon if they’d told me to attempt a backflip, I probably would have done it.”

The Brighton teenager, who was compared to Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams by the judges, added that he had no regrets, saying: “I thought it was funny. I hope most people watching it did.”