Like strip­pers! Ni­cole’s racy rou­tine gets 400 com­plaints

Scottish Daily Mail - - Daily Mail Campaign - By Paul Revoir Me­dia Ed­i­tor

IT prides it­self on be­ing a fam­ily show watched by mil­lions.

But The X Fac­tor has been plagued with com­plaints af­ter fea­tur­ing a rou­tine by girl group the Pussy­cat Dolls which view­ers com­pared to a ‘strip show’.

More than 400 com­plained to me­dia watch­dog Of­com about the ‘dis­gust­ing’ and ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ rou­tine, which ap­peared be­fore the wa­ter­shed on the pro­gramme. Ni­cole Scherzinge­r, 41, who ap­pears as a judge on the tal­ent

‘Dis­gust­ing and dis­re­spect­ful’

show, was seen writhing around the stage in a sheer body­suit.

She was joined by fel­low band­mates Ash­ley Roberts, Kim­berly Wy­att, Car­mit Bachar and Jes­sica Sutta at the fi­nal of X Fac­tor: Celebrity on Satur­day.

Scant­ily clad in black un­der­wear and skin-tight PVC, it was the group’s first public per­for­mance in a decade as they re­united to per­form a med­ley of their hits along with new song Re­act.

But par­ents ex­pressed their shock at ITV’s de­ci­sion to air the scenes be­fore the 9pm wa­ter­shed – which pro­tects chil­dren from un­suit­able con­tent.

One viewer said: ‘Dis­gust­ing, shame­ful and dis­re­spect­ful! Very dis­ap­pointed as I was watch­ing with my seven year old daugh­ter. This was very in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a fam­ily show!’

An­other wrote on Twit­ter: ‘I’m all for women do­ing what they want, but kids should be able to watch a fam­ily show with­out see­ing a strip show.’ And a third branded the out­fits ‘hor­ren­dous’. The group’s re­union, which comes af­ter their split in 2010, did not in­clude for­mer mem­ber Melody Thornton.

The celebrity ver­sion of the ITV show was won by ex-re­al­ity star Me­gan McKenna. Of­com yes­ter­day said it re­ceived 419 com­plaints is de­cid­ing whether to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. An ITV spokesman said the per­for­mance was ‘not con­sid­ered to be un­suit­able’.

X-rated: Ni­cole Scherzinge­r in her sheer body­suit

‘In­ap­pro­pri­ate’: The scant­ily-clad girl group in re­veal­ing PVC out­fits

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