Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received 3,885 complaints over comments X Factor judge Dannii Minogue made about a bisexual contestant.
It will now decide whether to formally investigate if the remarks breached the broadcasting code.
Minogue made the remarks on Saturday night’s show when bookies’ favourite Danyl Johnson changed the gender references in Jennifer Hudson’s song I’m Telling You.
Referring to a newspaper report in which Johnson implied he was bisexual, Minogue said: “Changing a girls’ song into a guys’ song but if we are to believe everything we read in the paper maybe you didn’t need to change the gender reference in it.”
Minogue has apologised several times for the remarks and although a number of outraged fans called for her sacking, Johnson and fellow judge Simon Cowell have defended her.
Johnson said he only appeared tearful on the show because he was overwhelmed by Cowell’s praise and was not upset by the comment.
Some have suggested her comment was the opposite of homophobic.
Writing on Twitter, gay Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton said: “Dannii Minogue is the least homophobic woman in the world. And personally, I think she made a very pro-gay comment.”
He continued: “Just watched again. Cheryl [Cole] began the slot by saying, ‘He’s singing a woman’s song – it’s ridiculous’. So the lyrics must have been changed because it must be a problem for a man to sing a song about another man.
“That is not Danyl’s fault and it certainly isn’t Dannii’s fault for flagging it up.”