Britain’s Got Talent semi-final contestant Hollie Steel (10) took to the stage last night and this is what happened….
After Hollie broke down in to tears (notice her eyes are try like sand paper) and put the producers and the judges in a position where they had no choice but to give her a second chance (or risk being seen as monsters), we the viewers at home were then subjected to a 15 MINUTE commercial break because Hollie needed time to compose herself.
This was manipulation at it’s finest and I couldn’t help but think that Hollie was coming across like a spoilt little brat, who is used to throwing a tantrum and turning on the water works when she doesn’t get her own way.
I felt sorry for the other contestants last night because after Hollie bawled like she had just witnessed her mother’s tragic demise in an accident, it was a wrap! She was definitely going to be one of two, who would make it through to the final.
Judges Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell told Hollie that she had been a “professional” (really?) and “incredibly brave”. Then SURPRISE SURPRISE voted her through to the final a long with dancer Aiden Davis.
Then Hollie for some inexplicable reason started to sob uncontrollably again.
Had Hollie been five/six years older would she have been treated in such a “delicate” fashion? Probably not!
Today the question is being asked ‘is the competition too pressurized for the youngsters who take part’.
In my opinion competitions of this nature are always stressful and the pressure can be intense. It’s highly competitive and it’s essentially about WINNING!
If the parents don’t want their off spring subjected to this level of pressure and stress then they shouldn’t encourage them to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
Or perhaps the producers need to sit down with the youngsters/their parents and explain that this is a competition, it’s going to be tough, there is a possibility that they might not get through to the next round, and that they shouldn’t expect to be exempt from criticism.
If the children who take part in Britain’s Got Talent really see themselves as future entertainers, then they need to start developing thick skins from now!
Messing up during a performance and then sobbing uncontrollably when it looks as if things might not go your way, isn’t always going to fly!
Anyway as for Hollie’s performance… well she’s no 10 year old Charlotte Church but with some vocal training I see some potential there.