Thousands complain over X Factor's raunchy performances

by Lucy Hutchings

Rihanna X Factor performance

It may be off our screens for another year, but the X Factor is still prompting controversy, after thousands complained following Christina Aguilera and Rihanna's risqué performances on Saturday night's show.

ITV was inundated with over one thousand complaints, while TV watchdog Ofcom heard from a further thousand disgruntled viewers.

So what's got the British public so upset?

Inspired by her new movie, Burlesque, Christina returned to her X-Tina ways and took to the stage alongside a troupe of lingerie-clad dancers who joined her in a provocative routine to her latest single.

Christina Aguilera prompts complaints for raunchy X Factor performance
Rihanna, meanwhile, started her performance in a demure monochrome maxi dress, only to strip it back to a strapless bra and high-waist knickers.

Rihanna prompts complaints for raunchy X Factor performance

Now, Ofcom will need to decide whether to proceed with a full-scale investigation, or state that the performances were deemed appropriate.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Vivienne Pattison, director of TV pressure group Mediawatch UK commented, ‘I don’t think it was suitable for a pre-watershed broadcast, I think that’s quite clear. It was the simulated sexual stuff, that was the problem. I think Ofcom should look into this. Whether the X Factor like it or not they are commanding audiences of more than 19million. They are role models whether they like it or not.’

We want your thoughts! Do you think the performances were too hot for prime-time TV, or that the fuss is unjustified? Let us know your verdicts in the comments box below..

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