X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne is at the centre of a Twitter storm after labelling a female a dancer a 'paedophile' for allowing a teenage contestant to give her a kiss on the cheek.
Nicholas McDonald took to the stage on Saturday night accompanied by a team of backing dancers, and took the chance to give one of the female entertainers a kiss on the cheek.
And Osbourne (61), who is famous for her no-holds-barred commentary hit out at the dancer, saying: “That paedophile. You’re only 16. You can’t be doing that. That’s a disgrace ITV.”
ITV is the networking responsible for airing X Factor.
One Twitter user wrote: "You get a job as a dancer on #XFactor, you'd probably be pretty excited...and then @MrsSOsbourne calls you a paedo! #awkward"
Another expressed their upset at the comment, saying: "#XFactor sharon osbourne should keep her mouth shut calling that dancer a paedo # crossedtheline #osbourne"
Last night, her close friend and Nicholas' mentor Louis Walsh jumped to her defence, saying that no offence was intended with her off the cuff remark.
It has been reported that show bosses immediately addressed the issue with Osbourne.
The mum-of-three, who is married to rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, is mentoring the Over 25s category and lost her second act last night.