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X Factor faces investigation after complaints about Cheryl’s sexy performance

Was the dancing too raunchy pre-watershed?

After four long years away from The X Factor, Cheryl clearly wanted to make an impression with an attention-grabbing, live performance of her new single.

But it may not be the impression she was hoping for, after viewers complained to Ofcom about the pre-watershed raunchy dance, which saw her writhing about on the floor and licking her own hand.

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The dance started off with some on-the-floor writhing action (credit: ITV)

15 people have reportedly already filed complaints since Sunday night’s episode of the talent show, where the 35-year-old sang Love Made Me Do It in front of Simon Cowell and his new judging panel, Ayda Field, Nile Rodgers, as well as her ex-boyfriend Liam Payne’s old bandmate, Louis Tomlinson.

TV watchdog Ofcom told OK! magazine: “We’ve had 15 complaints objecting to sexual tone and clothing in Cheryl’s routine.”

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The male dancers were quite sexy, too (credit: ITV)

It comes after viewers also voiced their outrage over the dance, which saw the Geordie crawling across the stage in her thigh-high leather boots, rubbing her bum, licking her tattoo, and gyrating with male dancers.

One viewer moaned: “It was inappropriate before watershed,” while another questioned: “What was the licking of the hand all about??? 😳.”

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Viewers accused her of being inappropriate on a family show (credit: ITV)

A third said: “Terrible vocal, looked and acted like a [bleep], not sexy at all. You should be thinking about how this behaviour affects your son. #embarrassingmum.”

And a fourth complained: “Disgusting performance for a family show, what is going on with this show this year?”

Others seemed to enjoy it though, with one viewer tweeting: “RAUNCHY CHERYL IS MY FAVE 😂,” while another added: “I loved it! That’s what I was waiting for after such a long time, couldn’t be better! Great song, great moves! Sexy mum! Cheryl is back! X.”

A third wrote: “Everyone claiming that Cheryl’s performance was inappropriate pre watershed really need to get out more, I’ve seen more X-Rated action in McDonalds tbh.”

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It wasn’t just the dancing that offended many other viewers about Cheryl’s comeback performance.

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Other viewers were upset by her “painful” vocals (credit: ITV)

In fact, fans watching at home branded the Girls Aloud star “awful,” “awkward,” and even “painful”.

One tweeted: “Watching Cheryl Cole perform on XFactor is actually painful, wowww.”

Another wrote: “If Cheryl was auditioning for this show she wouldn’t get through lmao #xfactor.”

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Simon and the other judges seemed to enjoy the show (credit: ITV)

Another winced: “Cheryl please just stop this is just cringe and you can’t sing! #TheXFactor.”

A fourth tweeted: “Cheryl made me do it (turn the [bleeping] X Factor off cos she’s [bleep]).”

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Even Strictly star James Jordan waded into the conversation, tweeting: “Cheryl is beautiful but I don’t actually know what to think about that performance on XFactor.”

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