By Kate Ward
Updated December 20, 2010 at 07:51 PM EST
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Image Credit: Ken McKay/TalkbackThames/Rex/Rex USABritish talent show The X Factor may have to pay for an episode that has made many wonder whether the show should be renamed The XXX Factor. On Dec. 11, the show featured so-called racy performances from both Christina Aguilera and Rihanna — and now Ofcom (think of it as Britain’s version of the FCC) has launched an investigation, according to The Guardian.

Following suggestive numbers from Aguilera — promoting Burlesque — and Rihanna, whose performance of “What’s My Name” involved a tame striptease, more than 4,000 viewers complained, claiming that the racy performances should not have been aired at such an early hour. (X Factor ran in a primetime slot from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the episode attracted 14 million viewers) A total of 2,750 viewers complained to Ofcom, while 1,500 contacted ITV, the network that airs X Factor. An X Factor spokesman, however, has said that Aguilera and Rihanna’s numbers “were appropriate for the show.” See the performances embedded after the jump.

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