Burlesque striptease lands Cowell in trouble with Ofcom

Apr 5, 2012

Red top tales: BGT fans object to saucy act, dress that goes see-through when women aroused

SIMON COWELL couldn't wipe the smile off his face when Britain's Got Talent contestant Beatrix Von Bourbon performed a burlesque strip tease on Saturday night's show. But the raunchy routine, in which Von Bourbon stripped down to nipple tassels and heels, has landed the media mogul in trouble with Ofcom. According to the Metro, the performance provoked 54 complaints from ITV viewers who claimed that it was inappropriate for its pre-watershed time slot. Ofcom is reportedly deciding whether to launch a full investigation into the broadcast, while ITV claim they carefully edited the scene to ensure it was suitable – including stars placed over the performer's breasts.

A Dutch designer has created a dress that goes see-through when a woman is aroused. Daan Roosegaarde's creation is made from 'smart opaque e-foils', leather and wireless technologies, which become clear when the heart rate increases. The dress, called Intimacy 2.0, has been on display in London and won design awards in the Netherlands and the Far East. Roosegaarde, who describes the creation as exploring "the relationship between intimacy and technology", is in talks to produce a high street version. "Now lads really can find out if a girl fancies them," remarks The Sun.

Whitney Houston was found face-down in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on a nearby counter, investigators have revealed in the singer's final post-mortem report. TMZ says that investigators who scoured the room after the singer's death on February 11 found in the bathroom a "spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it", and a white powdery substance in a drawer and on a mirror. The coroner's office says there were signs of both chronic and recent use. An investigator noted a hole in the singer's nose, listed under "history of substance abuse".

The Royal Mail is refusing to deliver post to the owner of Snowball – a cat so vicious she has been nicknamed 'The Purrminator'. The 10-inch ball of fluff is leaving postmen quaking in their boots, reports the Daily Express. Royal Mail claims three of its posties have been attacked when delivering post to her home in Peterborough, with one suffering "quite deep" cuts to a finger. But Snowball's owner Ian Wilkinson insists she's just "a sweet little cat who is inquisitive and playful". He adds: "Everyone at work thinks it is hilarious – they even Photoshopped her holding a Kalashnikov."

A McDonald's worker who claims to have won America's Mega Millions jackpot last Friday says she has hidden her $105m ticket somewhere in the fast-food restaurant where she works. Mirlande Wilson, 37, claims she bought the ticket with a lucky dollar she found but 15 of her co-workers are making a claim for the cash, saying it came from their work syndicate. Wilson told the New York Post that she left the golden ticket in the Milford Mill restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, adding: "It's somewhere safe that only I know about." Despite the controversy, described as "hotter than a deep-fried apple pie", no one has actually seen the winning ticket.

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