The X Factor: Celebrity’s Pussycat Dolls comeback performance certainly grabbed viewers’ attention – but many thought it was for the wrong reasons as Ofcom received a flurry of complaints about the raunchy show.
The US girl group went their separate ways in 2010, but with lead singer Nicole Scherzinger as a judge on the ITV singing contest, the grand final weekend was the perfect time for them to make a return to the stage.
Scherzinger and co performed a steamy routine to a megamix of their hit singles including Don’t Cha and Buttons, but many viewers were appalled by the barely there costumes and daring dance moves.
Media regulating body Ofcom said it had received a total of 419 complaints by people who thought the costumes and routine went too far.
The group, whose other members are Ashley Roberts, Kimberley Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta, were clad in tiny pants and body suits that looked to be made of sheer tights material as they performed a series of splits on the X Factor stage.
Viewers tweeted that they found the performance inappropriate, especially for any children who were watching.
The outfits the #pussycatdolls are wearing on #XFactorCelebrity are totally inappropriate for 8.15pm on a family show. Not good role models for girls. You don't have to take your clothes to be successful.— NickiT (@Blackhalo72) November 30, 2019
That was an absolutely disgraceful spectacle of the pussycat dolls and before the watershed, with kids watching! Their excessively revealing and totally inappropriate ‘outfits’ and S&M style dance moves wouldn’t have been out of place on an adult channel! #XFactorCelebrity— Michele (@mtstran) November 30, 2019
Whoever thought those outfits were a good idea for the Pussycat Dolls needs the sack. It's 8.15pm. Kids are awake. There's no need for us to see half dressed women, ever, let alone on family show at this time. It's disgusting and misogynistic #XFactorCelebrity— Sara (@DoubleTreble_) November 30, 2019
But other viewers argued that the group had done nothing wrong.
A note to mumsnet brigade: The Pussycat Dolls are not Little Mix. They are not meant for children. Do NOT bring them to their shows. PCD are grown women who can wear what they want. A good example to set for your kids is to perhaps not shame women for expressing their sexuality.— Kye.🐝 (@itsmekye) November 30, 2019
Meanwhile, there was joy for former Towie star Megan McKenna, who was crowned the winner of the series.
She had long been the favourite to walk away with the top prize and beat The Chase star Jenny Ryan, duo Max and Harvey, and social media influencers V5 in the final.
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The show also saw an emotional Simon Cowell reduced to tears by the video for The X Factor’s charity single, a cover of Snow Patrol’s Run sung by all 13 of the celebrity acts.
His girlfriend Lauren Silverman had to run up to the judging panel to comfort him as he sobbed over the video.