ITV and broadcast regulator Ofcom have received over 2000 complaints about the singers’ skimpy outfits and raunchy performances during the show.
Christina Aguilera performed “Express”, lifted from the original soundtrack of her movie, Burlesque, with scantily clad dancers performing soft burlesque routines. Rihanna performed “What’s My Name”, the latest single from her latest album Loud. Beginning the performance in a silk gown, the Bajan star stripped down to hot pants and a bra while gyrating to her track.
Their performances took place on the 7pm live show, which aired to an audience of 14 million.
An Ofcom, which received half of the 2,000 complaints, spokesman said it had not decided if it would formally investigate whether the show had broken the broadcasting code for inappropriate scheduling of material unsuitable for children.
An X Factor spokesman said the producers were confident the performances “were appropriate for the show”.
Watch the performances below and judge for yourself whether you think their outfits were too much for daytime television.
Rihanna – “What’s My Name”
Christina Aguilera – “Express”