Dumped X Factor singer Josh Brookes has started a new Twitter account and is pleading for the 24,000 followers he once had to rejoin him.
Brookes was sacked from The X Factor on Thursday night for breaking social media rules and a Seven Network spokeswoman says the station will “announce a replacement in the next few days.”
Seven said it removed Brookes from the show because he “behaved in an inappropriate manner” during an out of hours social media session.
News Limited reported Brookes was sacked because had tried to solicit nude photos from some of his followers during an unauthorised Twitcam chat this week.
He was apparently using Twitcam with fellow X Factor finalist Adil Memon, who was eliminated from the show on Tuesday night.
Brookes was calling for followers to rejoin him on Friday afternoon and in the process he was following as many people as he could to reignite his popularity.
There was no hint of remorse in his tweets or bitterness for being dumped.
“THIS! is how we do it!! we’re back baby, we’re back!! CAN’T HOLD ME BACK!!,” Brookes tweeted.
“slowly (sic) getting my followers back. shouldn’t (sic) even need to be doing this!“
Memon deactivated his account last night once the news broke of Brookes being dumped, but he was back tweeting again today too.
“Had to delete old twitter and create a new one. Im (sic) back guys and need my followers back!” Memon tweeted.
The X Factor regularly screens on Monday and Tuesday nights, but the programs have been put back a night next week because of Seven’s AFL Brownlow Medal telecast.
Both Brookes, 20, and Memon, 18, were in the under-25 team under the guidance of former Spice Girl Mel B.
Their departure means Mel B only has only one artist - Dubbo’s Jason Owen - under her guidance.
It’s believed Seven is planning to replace Brookes with one of the three singers Mel B eliminated after the superboot camp and home visits segments.
In line for a recall are Matt Cenere, Matt Gresham or Carmelo Munzone, who is considered the most likely to return to the hit series.