Is it a crime to slip the phrase Netflix and Chill into a rewrite of George Michael’s Faith?
That’s the question dividing X Factor viewers on Twitter after Simon Cowell’s group Rak-su opted to write their own lyrics for their take on the singer’s classic.
“Girl you’re my idol, let’s Netflix and Chill”, they sang, sampling the 1987 smash hit and putting their own twist on it.
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The judges loved the performance with mentor Simon Cowell arguing that Rak-su’s version of the song was probably what it would have sounded like had Michael released it in 2017.
But on Twitter the response wasn’t quite as universally positive.
— Laura (@OhSoLaurs) November 11, 2017
Some fans were outraged that the band had messed about with the lyrics of the title track from Michael’s Ivor Novello-winning debut solo album.
— Annie C (@gingerannie34) November 11, 2017
Rak-su weren’t the only acts who came under fire, though. Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price were also criticised for adding a rap to their take on Freedom.
#Xfactor have ruined so many George Michael songs tonight. Why are they all insisting on rapping over these classic hits?! No Cowell. Just.No.
— Fiona Trebill (@fionatrebs) November 11, 2017
However, some fans thought there was absolutely no harm done and praised the groups for their choices.
Rak-Su yaaaaasssss! They did a great job with Faith! #xfactor
— Erin Louise Hunt ???? (@erinlouisehunt) November 11, 2017
Did you think it was a crime to mess with Faith?