I’m guessing I’m not the only one who felt incredibly uncomfortable watching last night’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-final.
It really has reached the levels of exploitation now. And as much as I’d like to believe that the show is only put togther with the best of intentions, watching Hollie Steel crying on stage all alone last night, a terrified, jibbering wreck, even when she was ‘happy’ at the end of the show on finding out that she got through to the final, was incrediably hard to watch, and in my view was NOT entertaining TV.
It was very brave of her to go back on and do her second perfromance of the song. And she is a very good, sweet little singer, as we saw in her first audition for the show. But I cannot excuse first of all the show for allowing such young children to audition for the show, and second of all Hollie’s parents for allowing her to go through all of this.
Between this, the heartbreaking crying face of Natalie earlier in the week when she didn’t get through and Callum’s poor little face when he didn’t go through the other night, I’m not sure how much more of it all I can bear.
Overall it has been a great show and thoroughly entertaining. But I really hope they learn from their mistakes and increase the lower age limit to at least 14 next year. If these children have true talent, which a lot of them do, they will still be able to put on a brilliant performance at 14, and we won’t all be sitting at home biting our nails in anticipation of the next child breaking down on live television.