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'X Factor' goes X-rated as singer's pants drop
That's entertainment: Abdul bolts as 'X Factor' singer drops trou in front of judges, audience
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' On "American Idol," a contestant sang about "Pants on the Ground." On "The X Factor," a singer dropped his pants to the ground and sent Paula Abdul running for cover.

In a scene from Fox's new talent show, the contestant was performing his original song "I'm a Stud" when he pulled his pants down and danced onstage in front of an audience that responded with boos. At a preview for the show Wednesday night, a clip included a graphic of the show's stylized "X'' superimposed over his apparent nudity.

A grimacing Abdul is shown getting up and retreating backstage. Panelist Antonio "L.A." Reid called the display disgusting, upsetting and offensive.

"The X Factor," created by former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, debuts 8-10 p.m. EDT Sept. 21.

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