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X Factor 2012: Show criticised for Melanie "MILF" apology

Published by Esme Riley
Published on 15 October 2012

X Factor has been criticised for issuing an official apology after judge Tulisa Contostavlos called finalist Melanie Masson a MILF.

X Factor 2012: Show criticised for Melanie "MILF" apology

X Factor 2012: Show criticised for Melanie "MILF" apology © ITV

Tulisa Contostavlos
Singer
born 13/07/1988

Viewers took to Twitter to ridicule the "safe" move after host Dermot O'Leary said sorry to viewers for the acronym, which stands for "mother I'd like to f*ck".

X Factor 2012: Show criticised for Melanie "MILF" apology © ITV

Tulisa, 24, sparked the row when she told 44-year-old mum-of-two Melanie after her performance: "You are in full MILF mode!"

X Factor 2012: Show criticised for Melanie "MILF" apology © ITV

Though the comment was made at 10.30pm - a full 90 minutes after the watershed - Dermot said: “I want to apologise for the language Tulisa used. Naughty, naughty but that’s why we love her.”

Fans quickly went into uproar at the decision to say sorry.

XFACTOR FINALISTS Melanie © ITV

One wrote: "I cannot believe Tulisa isn't allowed to say MILF at 10.30pm. Has the world gone mad? #xfactor."

Another tweeted: "Tulisa said MILF at 10.30 and that’s not allowed? What?"

Producers were soon forced to admit that they'd been "over-cautious and over-sensitive".

But it seems there were still some viewers who were unhappy about N-Dubz star Tulisa's choice of language.

One wrote on Twitter: "'MILF'???!!! Never thought I'd hear that on the X Factor. I will be writing to my MP on Monday. #xfactor #familyshow."

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The storm came as fans also complained that parts of Rylan Clark's performance were edited out of the show's repeat broadcasts.

X Factor said cuts were made for "copyright reasons" after Rylan changed the lyrics of his cover of Gangnam style to "Rylan style".

The following evening, on Sunday night, Melanie found herself at the centre of drama once again when she was voted off the show.

Melanie - who's mentored by Gary Barlow - was in the sing-off against Louis Walsh's boyband District 3, but her cover of Lorraine Ellison's hit Stay With Me Baby wasn't enough to keep her fighting for another week.

The decision went to deadlock after Gary and Nicole Scherzinger decided to save Melanie, while Louis and Tulisa chose GMD3.

Melanie had received the fewest public votes and so was sent home.

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