The X Factor: Anthony Russell could be set to make a shock return to the show [ITV]
The hopeful pulled out of the competition earlier this year, just before the Judges Houses stage of the show.
Anthony Russell revealed his The X Factor departure was down to “personal reasons.”
But now his replacement Sam Black has teased that the singer could be set for a surprise comeback.
Sam, who was brought through to the live shows by mentor Louis Walsh, has said he’s confident Anthony will audition for the show again next year.
The X Factor: The hopeful pulled out of the competition earlier this year due to “personal reasons” [ITV]
The X Factor: Anthony was replaced by Sam Black, who’d been axed at Bootcamp [ITV]
Speaking to the Express, Sam said of his former co-star: “I was Facetiming him yesterday. He was wishing me luck and everything.”
Sam also revealed that he thinks Anthony has what it takes to go all the way to the final – adding he could have won the whole series.
He said: “Honestly, I think he could have won it. I think honestly he’s going to come back.
“He’s so relatable and such a nice lad,” Sam concluded.
The X Factor: Sam has said he’s confident Anthony will return to the show next year [ITV]
Sam has previously spoken out about the backlash he received after being brought back to replace Anthony.
The choice surprised viewers as Sam had failed to make it past the Bootcamp stage, meaning he didn’t compete in the Six Chair Challenge.
Speaking about the reaction, Sam admitted: “If I was watching myself I’d probably think the same!
“I’d be thinking it was a bit unfair but obviously I’ve been given an opportunity and I’m not gonna turn it down.”
The X Facto: Sam has previously spoken about the backlash he received after returning to the show [ITV]
The father of one continued: “I totally understand. I didn’t get that great feedback and I totally understand, but I’ve given this opportunity and I’ve just got to take it!”
The X Factor continues on ITV.