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X Factor cleared over Pink tribute act complaints

2013-03-04 21:42:54

ITV has escaped censure over complaints from an X Factor contestant who claimed she was "misrepresented" by bosses.

Pink tribute act Zoe Alexander was shown swearing and pushing people and stage equipment after her performance of the US rocker's song, So What.

Ms Alexander complained to broadcast regulator Ofcom that she was unfairly portrayed as "a laughing stock".

ITV admitted "advising" the Welsh singer to consider a Pink song but denied ignoring her own song choices.

'Pink persona'

During the X Factor hopeful's audition, broadcast on ITV on 18 November 2012, Ms Alexander revealed that she was a tribute act to the American singer-songwriter.

Despite telling judges that she wanted to move away from the tribute act, to their surprise, she went on to sing one of the artist's songs.

Ms Alexander was invited to sing another song, this time by Brit-winner Emeli Sande, but the judges told her that while she had a "pretty good voice", she needed to find herself as an artist.

She told broadcasting watchdog Ofcom that the programme makers had "ignored her track choices, changed her song list and dictated her outfit and hair style, insisting on her appearing in her Pink persona".

Ms Alexander claimed her outburst, which included throwing her microphone as she stormed off the stage, swearing and hitting a cameraman, was because she had been "sabotaged" and "set up" by the programme makers.

'No unfairness'

ITV "accepted" that Ms Alexander was extremely agitated and very angry after the audition but said the judges' comments were "balanced" and her violent reaction after the audition was "unacceptable by any standards, whatever her perceived grievance".

Ofcom backed ITV's stance that the broadcast programme was a "fair summary of the events".

"Accordingly, Ofcom has not upheld Miss Alexander's complaint of unjust or unfair treatment in the programme as broadcast," said the regulator.

In a separate ruling, Ofcom also cleared ITV of unfair treatment following a complaint made by Ms Alexander's father, Glenn Smith, who joined his daughter on stage after she became upset by the judges' comments.

Mr Smith also complained that footage was unfairly edited to "create an unfair impression of him and his behaviour".

The complaint was rejected by Ofcom, with the regulator supporting ITV's position that editing "had not taken place".

"Ofcom therefore found no unfairness to Mr Smith in this respect," it added.

Meanwhile Sky has been rapped for broadcasting a scene during World Wrestling Entertainment, which was found to be unsuitable for children.

Ofcom found the one-and-a-half-minute scene, shown on 10 November at 09:20 GMT was unsuitable for a Saturday morning audience as it contained "several close-up punches and kicks to the head and on one occasion, "a bloody bruise on the chest of a competitor".

Sky apologised for any distress caused to viewers, saying it would review its guidelines.

It added that fighting outside the ring would be minimised and similar dramatised sequences would not be broadcast in future.


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