The four X Factor acts who were axed by their own mentors have been given a lifeline to return to the show in the wake of Frankie Cocozza’s departure.

James Michael, Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes and Jonjo Kerr each have a chance to rejoin the contest alongside the remaining six finalists on Saturday.

Wayward Frankie was kicked out of the show after apparently boasting about drugs, which X Factor bosses said broke the rules.

The 18-year-old wannabe returned to his Brighton home after admitting his life had gone ‘out of control’ during the series.

Programme-makers have been locked in discussions on Wednesday to work out how to go forward with the series with one less contestant.

Without a replacement, it would have drawn to a conclusion early – throwing plans to battle for the Christmas number one into chaos – or would have meant one weekend without a public vote, which could have deterred viewers.

The four X Factor contestants who were dropped in the first live show will now vie to re-enter the competition. They each exited without facing a public vote after their own mentors were forced to choose who they should sacrifice in a surprise twist.

Viewers will now be given their say, with details of the vote due to be announced today.

An X Factor spokeswoman said: “The four acts have never been in a public vote so, with Frankie leaving the competition, this is an opportunity for the public to decide who comes back to the show.”