"The X Factor" was hit with a formal indecency complaint on Friday for broadcasting an audition by a man who twice dropped his pants, and was allowed to carry on singing.

Watchdog group the Parents Television Council (PTC) said it had filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which regulates standards on TV, calling it obscene and "patently offensive."

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.