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Actor David Jason predicts Frankie Cocozza will be dead by 22

Only Fools And Horses actor David Jason has predicted that former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza will be dead by the time he is 22.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the veteran actor lamented the quick route to fame that reality TV participants often take and pointed out the 18-year-old as an example. He said:

"When you see the kids on Britain's Got Talent or The X Factor who just want to be famous at all costs, you just go, "God, these people don't know what it is they’re asking for". I say to my wife, "I won't watch The X Factor any more. Why do I want to see someone say the same old thing – it's all they’ve ever dreamed about – then lose and burst into tears and go into neurosis?"

Jason reckoned that the short-sighted desire for fame is destructive. He added:

"I've been there, done that; you take it on the chin as part of the business. But it's not that way for them. All they see is the glamour, the riches, the cars. The fame. They just want to be famous - it doesn't matter how. Then you think of that plonker who couldn't make rehearsals and got sacked. How old is he? 18? What, does he think, "Yeah, I'm famous"? Christ. He'll be dead by the time he’s 22, 'cos he'll burn it all up."


Watch Frankie Cocozza perform on the X Factor below: