X Factor: Celebrity’s Brendan Cole forced to apologise after SHADY comment

He and Jeremy Edwards didn't make the best first impression

Brendan Cole

by William Marriott |
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X Factor: Celebrityhit our screens this weekend, making its return after a ten-year hiatus.

But if you thought the celebs would keep it together better than the regular folk, then you'd better think again because Edwards and Cole definitely weren't keeping things above board.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole (who left the show under acrimonious circumstances) has been forced to apologise to his fellow competitors, 16-year-old YouTube stars Max and Harvey, after he made a backstage dig while they were performing.

Max and Harvey

The 43-year-old made the comments as Max and Harvey introduced themselves as children's TV presenters, with "a few followers on social media."

The pair added, "We have eight million all together across social media."

The camera then switched to Brendan turning to his co-star Jeremy Edwards backstage and sniping, "They say they've got eight million across social media.

"But the reality is they've only got a chunk on each and it's all the same [people]."

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Brushing off his shady comments, Max and Harvey hilariously outed Brendan by re-tweeting The X Factor's tweet with the accompanying commentary, "Hey @jqedwards @brendancole - there’s this app called Tik Tok where we have a lot of awesome fans!!! Maybe we can make a post on there together sometime??"

Brendan then replied to their tweet, apologising for what he said, adding, "I don’t know what you just said but OK!

"It did sound very bitchy (shame on me) but make no mistake... you smashed your songs, ours one song was pants and your talent speaks for itself.

"I’m off with my tail between my legs and you are amazing! Soz boys! You are amazing."

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This X Factor news comes after Brendon's singing partner and former Hollyoaks actor Jeremy Edwards slammed the show's judges - Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh - for their "harsh" critique, calling them "unnecessary."

Speaking to The Mirror ahead of the show's debut over the weekend, Jeremy said, “This was just me, I can’t speak for Brendan on this… Brendan is more used to it than I am.

"They edited down quite a lot of what Howie [Mandel] said and I’m gonna be completely honest with you, I don’t think a lot of it was necessary.

“That’s all cos I don’t mind criticism, and certain things didn’t work but certain things did and there was a lot of positives there, but A, he talked for ages and B, it was negative, negative, negative.”

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