Josh Brookes, 18, a finalist of The X Factor Australia has been kicked off the show after acting “in an inappropriate manner” according to a statement released by Fremantle Media Australia and Channel Seven Tuesday night.

Eliminated act Adil Memon with Josh Brookes. Photo by Channel Seven.

The statement reads:

“The X Factor contestant, Josh Brookes, has been disqualified from the program effective immediately. During an out of hours social media session, Josh behaved in an inappropriate manner that put him in breach of his responsibilities to the program.

After a careful review of the incident, FremantleMedia Australia, producers of the program, together with Channel Seven made a joint decision to remove him from the competition. Josh will return home to Perth.”

In a separate report by The Herald Sun, Brookes was disqualified because “he was hosting an unauthorised live chat with another hopeful, Adil Memon, when they allegedly asked fans to “send us banana pics”. It is understood the phrase is teen talk meaning naked images.”

An announcement on the new contestant will be made in the coming days.