HUNDREDS of viewers have complained to TV watchdogs about Britain’s Got Talent – with the majority objecting to Huncoat schoolgirl Hollie Steel being given a second chance in the semi-final.
The ITV show has been plunged into controversy over the pressure faced by contestants after runner-up Susan Boyle was admitted to a private clinic the day after Saturday’s final. However, only 20 of the 350 complaints lodged with Ofcom about the show were about the treatment of the 48-year-old spinster from Scotland.
A total of 331 people contacted the watchdog with their objections after last Friday night’s semi-final, which saw ten-year-old Hollie burst into tears in front of the live TV cameras as she forgot the words to Edelweiss.
Hollie was given a second chance to perform the song and ended up being voted through to the final by judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.
Ofcom said that half of the callers were complaining about the decision to give Hollie a second chance, saying it was unfair to the other contestants.
A further 50 viewers expressed concern about Hollie’s welfare after seeing her break down in tears.
However, Ofcom said it had not yet launched an investigation into the popular show – which attracted an audience of 19 million to the grand final, won by dance group Diversity, last Saturday night.
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