16/08/2016 17:04 BST | Updated 01/09/2017 16:27 BST

X Factor's Most Controversial Moments Ever: From Sharon Osbourne’s Row With Steve Brookstein To Ofcom Complaints

The show is never far from its next media storm.


X Factor’ fans know to expect the unexpected, but after 11 years on the air, it’s pretty much a given that the biggest show on telly is going to serve up some show-stopping moments - some good, some bad and some that split the public’s opinion straight down the middle.

During its time on our screens, ‘The X Factor’ has never been far from its next controversy, with the show facing a backlash from the public an innumerable amount of times, for a whole range of reasons.

Sometimes, viewers are unhappy with the acts the judges put through to the next stage of the competition, while other times it’s the judges’ comments that garner a negative reaction from the public.

Other controversies have emerged thanks to contestants’ behaviour away from our screens, whether that’s while they’re a contestant or when their pasts come back to haunt them.

We’ve looked back over the years to find some of the show’s most famously controversial moments - and with a new series around the corner, we’re guessing there will be a whole lot more of these still to come…

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