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'Cut the smut'

X Factor have been given a slap on the wrists for featuring performers in risque costumes on the last series of the show. Producers were hauled in to meet Ofcom bosses, and told to axe any 'smutty' behaviour or clothing, in what is supposed to be a family show. Rihanna and Christina Aguilera caused jaws to drop across Middle England when they performed in burlesque attire.

An X Factor source told The Daily Mail, 'There was a furore over last year’s final and the amount of flesh on show. So there have been lots of conversations about making sure The X Factor stays a family show and doesn’t become controversial for the wrong reasons. Ofcom made themselves very clear about what they expect, and the message they gave us was basically to cut the smut. We want the show to be explosive and exciting and some singers want to look sexy – but we have to know where to draw the line. The controversy really took everyone by surprise – both Ofcom and ITV. There will be a much tighter control on what is shown in terms of racy imagery.'

A spokesperson for Ofcom told the paper, 'The guidelines will be there to make sure broadcasters like ITV don’t hover near the boundaries of harmful content to children. This is what happened with Rihanna’s performance on the show last year, where the broadcasting code was almost breached.'

Expect to see Aguilera and Rihanna clad in floor-length hessian dresses next time they appear on the show...

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