'X Factor' UK Slammed By Primal Scream; Show's Ratings Slide Continues


The band took to Twitter to condemn 'Get Your Rocks Off' cover as audiences compared to last year.

LONDON - Primal Scream have taken to Twitter to condemn X Factor UK's use of their 1994 hit Rocks on the ITV1 show, which has struggled to maintain its ratings without Simon Cowell.

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The Scottish indie band behind such hits as Country Girl said that the track been used without permission.

A post on the band's official Twitter feed said: "Sorry to hear "Rocks" was used on X Factor. We don't endorse this."

The track was performed in a raunchy rock-themed performance from 19-year old Frankie Cocozza, who appeared with a bevy of scantily clad backing singers. Cocozza has been coached by Gary Barlow, the former "Take That" star, who heads this year's judging panel.

It's the second time this month that the band have complained about use of their music - earlier this month Home Secretary Theresa May used the same track as she walked off stage during the party's annual conference.

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Meanwhile, ITV1 bosses have failed to arrest the year-on-year decline of the show's performance . Although the blockbuster hit remains one of ITV's biggest shows, the show is down on last year's audience totals and audience share.

Saturday night's show averaged 9.75 million viewers and a 38% share according to overnight ratings, compared to 12 million viewers and an average of 47% share at the same stage a year ago.

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X Factor even lost first place to Strictly Come Dancing- the BBC's version of Dancing With The Stars which it has beaten in recent years - when they briefly went head to head on Saturday night.

Sunday night's results show attracted 13.5 million viewers, down from 15 million viewers at the same stage a year ago.