X Factor 2012 attracts 31 Ofcom complaints over Mel B, Zoe Alexander

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The opening episode of The X Factor 2012 attracted 31 complaints to telly watchdog Ofcom.

The Office of Communications confirmed it had received 31 official complaints from viewers over the first audition show on the series which launched on Saturday night on ITV1.

Many of the complaints focused around guest judge Mel B and her harsh comments.

The Spice Girl joined the panel for auditions in Manchester, and told one young hopeful: “I’m going to give you a big reality check, you should not be singing, find something else to do, it’s a waste of time for you, it’s a definite no from me.”

While a girl group was told: “The dancing was lazy and sloppy, one of you were doing it half heartedly”

The 90′s popstar branded one try out “the worst audition, ever”, to the shock of the fellow judges.

Mel told Gary, Louis and Tulisa: “I can’t help it, I really try and contain it, but that was just shocking!”

And even Dermot was shocked when an 82-year-old grandfather was also on the receiving end of Mel B’s harsh words.

“I actually wanted to fall asleep,” she said.

Speaking backstage, Dermot reacted: “Where is her heart?!”

Other complaints focused on Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander's audition, claiming it was “misrepresented.”

The tribute act was seen swearing at the judges and storming off stage, suggesting that she had been told to sing a Pink track.

And some of the complaints suggested that the music used on the show was "patronising”.

Clearly some people need to find something better to do with their spare time...

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