Tulisa Contostavlos wants 2 Shoes back on The X Factor as she thinks they’ll inject some much-needed fun into the competition.

The X Factor judge – who picked the double act from her groups category to leave during the first live final – wants viewers to bring them back to replace Frankie Cocozza, who was axed from the show on Tuesday after he broke show rules by boasting about drug use.

She said: “Now Johnny [Robinson]’s gone the big fun factor is missing and the truth is I never wanted to get rid of my girls in the first place. I just had to make a decision and unfortunately those guys left and they never got to show us what they can really do.”

She went on: “I think they can bring something different to the show and I think that it needs it right now considering the mood, so they definitely can come back and spice things up.”

Viewers can throw a lifeline to one of the four acts who were ditched from the show by their own mentors, with 2 Shoes competing with Amelia Lily, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr.

ITV and show producers talkbackThames and Syco have said the profits from the phonecalls – amounting to at least 22p per call – will go to Help For Heroes.

Phone lines opened at 4pm today (Friday) and close during the show on Saturday, which begins at 8.15pm, with call terms at www.itv.com/terms.