Judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh looked on in horror in tonight's opening episode of The X Factor, as Chinese contestant Goldie Cheung writhed around on Gary Barlow's lap.
48-year-old Goldie Cheung, a tai chi instructor from Hong Kong almost didn't make it on stage after being sick several times before arriving at her audition, but after some deliberation, she appeared in front of the judges wearing a skimpy black and red ensemble.
And things were about to get even more risqué, when Goldie broke into a rendition of Copper Bell by Anita Mui, treating Gary to a provocative dance in the process.
Watch Goldie Cheung X factor 2011 audition on Youtube below
BBCZeitgeist Commentary: Having investigated this story, not all is as it appears, Goldie Cheung is in fact Goldie Webb Cheung 豹姨 - She has performed her routines many times for public audiences including Hong Kong TVB Channel in front of a panel that included Aaron Kwok.
Facebook Goldie Cheung fan page accumulated 600+ members overnight after her tasteless performance was broadcast on X Factor on Saturday night - with its fair share of racist comments from non-Chinese posters.
When performed to a western audience, Goldie Cheung is labelled the Chinese Tina Turner or perhaps more apt...the Dragon Lady meets William Hung. This begs the question, can Chinese acts, in particular FOB acts on western talent shows only appeal to western audiences if they're a joke, as something to laugh at?