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X-Factor losers cause controversy at Thanet Pride

PinkNews Staff Writer July 24, 2009
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A girl band which lost out on reality television show The X-Factor have been accused of using foul language at Thanet Pride, which is billed as a family day out.

Organisers chose not to use the word ‘gay’ when publicising the event in an effort to attract as many people as possible and there are no LGBT references on the Thanet Pride website.

The Dolly Rockers, who failed to make it into the final 12 at the 2006 contest, performed at the Margate event last weekend.

However, members of the audience were suprised to hear Sophie, Lucie and Brooke, all 20, swearing and accusing those in the front row of looking up their skirts.

According to, the three piece-band began their set by asking if anyone was p****d and then continued to swear between songs, at one point asking if anyone else had ever had a s**t relationship.

One father said he was forced to cover his children’s ears.

Thanet Pride events organiser Horace Hotman said: “We booked them a long time ago and we got them for peanuts.

“We do try and keep the language down because I always say that stage has got to be kept more precious than a television set because at least with TV you have the off button, but with Margate seafront you have everybody right there.”

On the swearing, he said: “That’s nothing really – if they have said the F or C word it would have been something different. People were probably upset that their kids didn’t get to say it first.”

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