X Factor comes back fighting in ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing

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X Factor has hit back into the television ratings this week, regaining top spot over Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC one show was the most popular show on average last weekend, but a dramatic weekend on the X Factor means ITV were on top once again.

Strictly still pipped the ratings on Saturday evening – having an average of 11.5m viewers compared to X Factor’s 11m – but on Sunday, X Factor hit back.

During a dramatic show – which saw Sophie Habibis given the boot – X Factor received 13.8m viewers at its peak.

It is thought that the drama surrounding the illness to Kelly Rowland helped bring in viewers for the ITV show.

The American singer was unable to return from her homeland in time for the show, causing plenty of rumours across the weekend.

It meant that former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke stepped into her shoes on the judging panel, although Kelly was still given her vote when it came to sending Sophie home.

One thing for sure is that Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor are the two biggest shows on British television.

This means they attract controversy from time to time and this week has been no different.

On the X Factor, contestant Kitty Brucknell has had to apologise for a racist comment about The Risk’s Derry Mensah.

During an argument, she reportedly said “You evil black b*****d, f*** you Derry.”, something she has now apologised for he.

Then, on Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC received complaints about contestant Robbie Savage grabbing his crotch during a routine on Saturday.

Defending these moves, Savage tweeted: “Wow a hip thrust makes breakfast, lunch and teatime news it’s a dance if anybody else done it nothing would be said, got it in for me .”

It certainly isn’t dull watching these two shows!

Alice Langley
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