Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

Cheryl shocked X Factor viewers with her raunchy performance on Sunday night.

Despite dancing before the 9pm watershed, the 35-year-old singer grabbed her crotch, licked her hand and writhed around on the floor during the x-rated routine to her new track Love Made Me Do It.

This evening the woman herself revealed that after the backlash she’s watched the performance back – and didn’t see a problem.

"I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!" she shared.

But despite Cheryl’s defiance, she could still face the embarrassment of Ofcom investigation into her pre-watershed antics.

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

Cheryl started her comeback performance on the floor
(Image: ITV)

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

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An Ofcom spokesperson told Mirror Online: "We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules before deciding whether or not to investigate."

According to OK! online , 15 people lodged formal complaints with the watchdog.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who is close friends with her ex Liam Payne, looked a bit hot under the collar as he watched Cheryl from the judges’ desk.

One viewer said: "This is actually s***… Why did she lick her hand at the start there…"

"Cheryl licking her hand tattoo is about as appealing as this performance/song," added another.

A third said: "I just don’t understand? Cheryl? Can she even sing? … bizzaare"

"Not sure if it’s the sound or she just can’t sing, but this sounds bad," said a fourth.

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

Cheryl gyrated around on stage

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

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Producers must have been sweating over her performance, which took a lot of inspiration from her sultry music video for the new song.

The judges seemed impressed and gave her a standing ovation after the performance ended.

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

Nile appeared to stay sat down
(Image: ITV)

There were also claims that Nile Rodgers, who is filling in for Robbie Williams, appeared not to stand up after her performance.

Fans flocked to Twitter in shock, with one tweeting: "Haha Nile Rogers is VERY cool about denying Cheryl a standing ovation – every performance should be judged on its merits after all! #XFactor."

Another commented: "Nile is iconic for not standing up for Cheryl… #Xfactor."

However other fans pointed out that Nile had stood – but had sat down quickly after.

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Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

Cheryl’s performance took inspiration from her new video
(Image: mirror.co.uk)

Cheryl faces Ofcom probe after raunchy X Factor performance sparks complaints

There were also hunky male dancers
(Image: mirror.co.uk)

However, Cheryl might feel that a a controversial display could be the remedy for the slow start to her comeback.

it might give her new single, which languished at a lowly number 19 in the charts on its debut, the boost it desperately needs.

Especially as Cheryl has vowed to quit her pop career if there isn’t enough interest in her new solo music.

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