The X Factor final’s racy performances by Christina Aguilera and Rihanna will be investigated by Ofcom after the broadcasting watchdog received 2,750 complaints.
Both Christina and Rihanna have come under fire for sexed up performances that many viewers felt were inappropriate for children.
Aguilera and her dancers wore nothing except bras, knickers and stockings on stage while Rihanna stripped to a bikini during her performance.
Ofcom received around 2,750 complaints about the pre-watershed scenes while ITV was contacted by more than 1,000 disgruntled viewers.
According to the Guardian, the number of complaints has more than doubled since images from the finale were printed in a double-page spread by the morally outraged Daily Mail.
The watchdog organisation will now investigate whether the X Factor broke broadcasting code which states “children must be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them”.
TV insiders have defended Aguilera and Rihanna’s performances, pointing out that it wasn’t very different from what’s shown on music channels throughout the day.
An X Factor spokesman said the show was “confident that the performances given by our guest artistes were appropriate.”
The X Factor is also being investigated over claims that it encouraged viewers to download songs by performers, again breaking with broadcasting code.
An X Factor source told the Daily Mirror: “Bosses are worried about the complaints which have grown rapidly this series.
“It’s our image as a family channel that’s at stake. Serious meetings are taking place with Cowell and executives.”