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X Factor tops number of appearances in complaints list


Frankie Cocozza. Photo: ITV

Frankie Cocozza. Photo: ITV

Frankie Cocozza. Photo: ITV

THE X Factor has made the most appearances in Ofcom's top 100 complained-about programmes of the year.

The list featured 15 editions of the talent show - won this year by girl group Little Mix - which generated a total of 753 complaints.

It was the behaviour of teenage contestant Frankie Cocozza, who was booted out of the show after drugs boasts, that sparked the most anger among viewers.

Figures showed that more than 200 people complained about his antics, including swearing before the 9pm watershed, when he shouted "f****** have it, get in there" after he avoided being voted out.

There were also complaints that he was glamourising alcohol in clips showing him partying in London nightclubs, , the Guardian reported.

The most complained-about TV programme of the year was Matthew Wright's Channel 5 show in which he imitated a catchphrase from detective series Taggart while discussing the murder of a teenager in Scotland.

Ofcom received 2,200 complaints about the edition of the programme, in which Wright attempted to adopt a Scottish accent and said "there's been another murder".

Number two on the list was an instalment of Dancing on Ice, in which judge Jason Gardiner argued with the programme's head coach, Karen Barber. It attracted 784 complaints to the regulator.

Third was the infamous appearance of Jeremy Clarkson on The One Show, in which he said that striking public sector workers should be executed in front of their families. There were 763 complaints to Ofcom.

The figures did not include complaints received directly by broadcasters. The BBC, for example, reportedly received more than 31,000 complaints about Clarkson's comments.