The Pussycat Dolls have cleverly hit back at the 400 Ofcom complaints over their The X Factor performance with a genius skit on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Nicole Scherzinger, 41, Ashley Roberts, 38, Kimberly Wyatt, 37, Carmit Bachar, 45, and Jessica Sutta, 37, mocked those who called their November performance a “strip show” with the help of hosts Ant and Dec on their show Saturday Night Takeaway.
They were introduced by singer Camilla Capello who made a jibe at their Ofcom complainers as she called their performance: “A family-friendly, nothing to complain about performance at the end of the show show,” before welcoming them onto the stage.
The singers kick started their performance, which saw them sing a number of their hits including Buttons, Bleep and Don’t Cha in stunning black outfits.
But the group, who were picked to perform the first End of the Show Show on Ant and Dec’s latest series of Saturday Night Takeaway, were interrupted by Ant McPartlin, 44, and Declan Donnelly, 44, who were sat in the audience.
The pair were seen rushing on stage and saying: “No, no, stop that,” before jokingly attempting to “censor” them.
The skit shows both the lads trying to cover the singers up by placing several “censored” signs and a large “we are sorry for the interruption sign” which the girls burst through.
Each of the presenters’ efforts are ignored by the group, who continue to sing their most popular songs while the audience cheer them on.
The end of the hilarious performance sees Ant and Dec getting their kit off and using it to try and cover up the women, who are tickled as it’s the presenters who end up in their underwear while each of the singers hilariously pose in Ant and Dec’s shirts, blazers and trousers.
The witty performance was met with praise on Twitter.
One wrote: “Massive fan of @antanddeccompletely taking the p**s out of everyone who likes to complain and be offended about everything. And Sherzinger is still magnificent.” [sic]
Another added: “Pussycat dolls are so good. Loved Ant and Dec highlighting the ridiculousness of complaining about a women showing their bodies.” [sic]
And a third said: “I loved the little dig at the snowflakes with the pussycat doll performance” [sic]
It comes after The Pussycat Dolls received more than 400 viewer complains to Ofcom over their comeback performance on The X Factor: Celebrity last year.
It has been reported Ofcom have received 419 complaints over the band’s performance, which saw them wearing sheer outfits that barely covered their modesty, and being soaked in water.
The performance — which aired before 9pm — was widely discussed on social media, with one viewer writing online: “Disgusting, disrespectful and shameful and all before the watershed.
“X-Factor is a family show and I enjoy it with my 7 year old daughter who was shocked and disgusted as was I.” [sic]