X Factor: Judges’ reminded of OFCOM rules after latest incident

ITV bosses have reminded the X Factor judging panel of their “responsibilities regarding comments made live on air”.

It follows Louis Walsh’s comment at the weekend telling viewers they should download a song just performed by one of the contestants. Craig Colton performed Christina Perri’s hit song ‘Jar of Hearts’ on Saturday night, receiving praise from all the judges. Louis said Colton’s version of the song could be a number one record, adding: “If it is on iTunes download it”. This year viewers can now download contestants performances from iTunes.

No official complaints have been made but OFCOM are said to be aware of the incident which may have been in breach of broadcasting codes which state that editorial content must be distinct from advertising. The show was warned by OFCOM last year when host Dermot O’Leary encouraged audiences to download songs performed by guest artists.

An ITV spokesperson said today:“This was a spontaneous and unscripted remark made by Louis as he complimented Craig’s performance during the live show.  All judges have been reminded of their responsibilities regarding comments made live on air.”