Simon Cowell's show was seen by 12.1 million people on Fox, while the ABC programme captured 14.3 million, making it the night's most watched show. During the opening show, Judge Cheryl Cole was replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger with no explanation given. The Parents Television Council intents to file a formal indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over a performance on Wednesday's launch on Fox.
Internet blogger Geo Godley, 43 , from Seattle, removed his pants and danced around the stage for quite some time as he sang a self-penned song about being a 'stud'. The taped audition by Geo Godley was screened on Wednesday as creator Simon Cowell's "X Factor" made its much-hyped debut on Fox television. Godley's naked genitals were covered in the broadcast by a large X.