Show won't repeat 2010 Rihanna scandal

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The X Factor is planning a clean-up this series after the raunchy routines outrage of last year.

Rihanna and Christina Aguilera’s sexy performances before the 9pm watershed on the 2010 final resulted in 5,000 complaints and producers have been advised by TV watchdog Ofcom to tone it down this season.

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,’ a show source tells The Daily Mirror.

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.’

An Ofcom source has confirmed it met with ITV to discuss the guidelines and ITV has stressed The X Factor’s good intentions.

We take care to ensure all our acts are suitable for the audience,’ says a spokesman for the channel.

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