Drunk X-Factor hopefuls wreck Cowell's villa
Talent show contestants damage antiques and Persian rug in Marbella mayhem
No smirking please: drunken contestants in The X Factor have caused thousands of pounds of damage to the luxury villa rented by the show's creator, Simon Cowell, in the south of Spain.
Drunk on Cowell's stock of Sapporo beer, the wannabe pop stars apparently damaged antique furniture and wrecked a £5,000 Persian rug.
That was after they had woken Cowell on their late arrival at the villa near Marbella, where they are supposed to be mentored by him for the next stage of the talent show.
"Yes, they did wake me up," Cowell told reporters. "To teach them a lesson, any damage to the villa will have to be paid out of their first royalty cheque - if they make it."
This is not the first time contestants in this series of The X Factor have wreaked havoc. Police were called to a London hotel last month during the "boot camp" stage of the show after drunken contestants ran through the corridors naked.
The identity of the owner of the villa rented to Cowell has not yet been revealed. Other names property owners abroad might want to avoid when they're next taking bookings are: Walsh (Louis), Tweedy (Cheryl) and Minogue (Dannii). ·
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