Britain's Got Talent 2013: Jennifer Lopez calls outfit 'tame' after backlash over risqué performance
Jennifer Lopez has defended herself after a raunchy appearance on Britain’s Got Talent provoked a storm of disapproval from the British public.
Ofcom received more than 100 complaints in 24 hours about the 43-year-old singer’s performance of new single “Live It Up” on the pre-watershed TV show, during which she wore a black leather leotard, thigh-high boots and fishnet tights.
Lopez defended her outfit choice in an interview with Scott Mills on Radio 1. She said she felt “so tame”, adding: “I think people are so much raunchier than I am.”
The singer also pointed out that she wore exactly the same clothes and performed an identical dance routine on prime time American television recently, without provoking a negative response.
“No one complained at the Billboard Awards. I think people just like to talk. It was a body suit. A lot of performers wear that these days. I’m not going to walk down the street like that!” she said.
Lopez revealed that producers of Britain’s Got Talent had specifically asked for a risqué performance. “I wore [the same outfit] at Billboard and Britain’s Got Talent said they wanted exactly the same,” she said.
But the storm of complaints that followed Tuesday night’s ITV broadcast suggests her appearance was a misstep for the family-focused talent show.
“Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about Britain’s Got Talent broadcast on Tuesday, which we are assessing but not currently investigating,” the media watchdog said in a statement.
Many viewers expressed distaste on Twitter. Maeve Connolly tweeted: “Wow, J Lo, if I’d wanted to see that much of you I’d have married you #bgt,” while Sally Flint added: “I think Jennifer Lopez needs to be reminded that BGT is a family show.”
Another Twitter user, Deborah French, wrote: “Disgusting that Jennifer Lopez showed off quite so much on a family show. Sad.”
There have been a number of controversies surrounding this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition. Dozens of viewers complained to Ofcom when dancer Keri Graham appeared to perform a lap dance in skimpy clothing.
Lopez’s performance was praised by the judges, however, who gave her a standing ovation. Amanda Holden said: “J-Lo’s arse... I just wanted to bite it! It was fabulous.”
Simon Cowell later tweeted his support for the singer: “J Lo incredible on the show tonight. A total superstar.”
Eyebrows were also raised when Arisxandra Libantino, 11, who is now through to the final, gave a rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “One Night Only” - a song about a one night stand - in early auditions, but Ofcom only received five official complaints.
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 3 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 4 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Downton Abbey series 5, episode 1, review: Revolution still seems far off
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since TV series ended in 2004
Downton Abbey series 5, episode 1, ITV, review: There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turning
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'