ADIL Memon shed tears as he was kicked off The X Factor, but the teen's "big softie" image took a hit when he was caught in a saucy social media scandal yesterday.
Adil's close friend and fellow Top 12 contestant Josh Brookes was disqualified from the show on Thursday night for behaving in an inappropriate manner on a live Twitter video feed earlier this week.
His exit shocked fans of the show, but Channel Seven's official media release did not mention that 18-year-old Ipswich lifeguard Adil Memon and under-25s contestant Bella Ferraro also featured in the video.
The Queensland Times understands that Josh and Adil joked while Josh ate a banana, after which Josh requested girls send him "sneaky banana pics" - a slang term Twitter followers took to mean as a request for images portraying girls posing seductively with fruit.
Josh, a 20-year-old labourer from Perth, was fired from the show for swearing and being "really inappropriate," a Channel Seven spokesman said.
The controversy emerged after Adil was the first eliminated from the Top 12 on Tuesday. The spokesman said Adil's involvement in the Twitcam session meant his reinstatement in lieu of Josh was "not an option".
However, Adil attempted to reduce the backlash after the Twitcam session, when he tweeted to clarify the banana jokes were not meant to have a "dirty meaning".
Following the incident, Adil and Josh both de-activated their Twitter accounts.
Many of Adil's 20,000 Twitter followers expressed their sadness at his absence from the network.
"Doesn't anyone realise that @Adil_MemonMusic deleted his twitter? #depressinglife #TeamAdil forever! Now I have no contact with you," @Jessloves1d3 tweeted.
The X Factor broke news of the scandal just hours after a Twitter campaign to pressure Sony Music to sign Adil Memon became one of the most popular Twitter trends, which was hash-tagged #SonytoSignAdilMemon.
Channel Seven's official release states the scandal occurred outside the hours contestants were allowed to use social media.
FreemantleMedia Australia has blocked YouTube re-postings of Twitcam conversations featuring Adil and Josh.