Miley Cyrus, whose 'twerking' antics brought such a flutter to the recent VMA Awards, may be bringing her controversial performance across the Atlantic and onto British screens.

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Miley Cyrus for 'X Factor'?

The Sun reports that X Factor bosses are keen for the US singer to perform at an upcoming live show, but anxious that they don't get slammed by critics in what will be a pre-watershed, 'family' watching hour.

Miley's antics at the VMA Awards, which included 'twerking' - ie gyrating against fellow performer Robin Thicke in a overtly sexual manner - as well as being provocative with a foam finger prop, drew fire from family groups across the US.

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She said afterwards of her performance, "I knew I was making history."

If proved correct, it would seem X Factor bosses want to have it both ways - to cash in on the controversy of Miley and her mincing, while not wanting her to stage a repeat performance and get them into trouble.

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform bonstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform bonstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Backstage

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

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