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When a little girl has a meltdown on national television, isn't it time to turn the cameras off?

Momlogic's Andrea:
I just saw one of the saddest things on television. Ever. Hollie Steel, the younger and cuter singer of the latest "Britain's Got Talent" invasion, had a difficult time getting through her rendition of "Edelweiss" -- in fact, she lost it in the middle, forgot the words, and burst into tears. She was trying to get into the show's final round.

Obviously, Hollie, who is all but 10, has been put under so much stress she literally lost her marbles onstage. You'd think they would've turned off the cameras, right? Little girl. Crying. National Television. Nope. Instead, the two unctuous hosts came and met the inconsolable girl onstage, offered her water, and said she could try the song again -- but quickly rescinded their offer. Of course, Hollie, upon hearing the news, loses it again and almost starts hyperventilating. Is this supposed to be family entertainment?!

Who's to blame for the heart-wrenching display?

I think the producers (shame on you, Simon) are, for keeping her onstage; her mother, for allowing it -- and for perching herself on the stage, presumably to show her daughter support during her "take two"; and anyone who's griping about the fact that Simon said he would give the little singing powerhouse a second chance later in the show. We're talking about a 10-year-old girl here!! What should have happened is the kid should have been taken out for an ice cream and been allowed to start acting like a kid again instead of a trained monkey -- albeit one with a stunning voice.

What do you think? Should Hollie be given a second chance, or should this be the end of her show business career and the beginning of her childhood?

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16 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jessi May 29, 2009, 9:32 PM

I am not sure I see this as horrible as the author made it out to be. Sure she got nervous and cried… but she was comforted by her mom immediately, the hosts tried to be as kind as they possibly could and Simon (a notorious a** was more than loving and fair to her). To top it all off, the audience cheered for her. I think it’s up to her and her parents whether she continues, not a bunch of internet commenters.

Amy May 29, 2009, 9:42 PM

and yet you offer the you tube link - you show what you profess to abhor. You want to know who’s to blame for things like this? Hypocrites like you…

Anonymous May 29, 2009, 10:16 PM

Um, she GOT the second chance and was the judge’s choice and will be in tomorrow’s finals.

carolb May 29, 2009, 10:40 PM

they should have shut the cameras off.. they did not give any breaks to jamie pugh.. amanda was quite nasty.. simon told him because of his fears to quit singing .. the rules dont apply to all the contestants.. she should have been allowed to do it over again.. that should have been it .. but all anyone has to do is cry and the judges vote for them.. this is no way to run a talent show.. the mother should have said no and the do over .. what is going to happen when she gets to the finals. isnt that what the judges have been saying to all previous contestants.. why didnt the judges call jamie pugh brave to continue after amanda buzzed him.. maybe he should have started crying.. it is strange with holly’s drama she made it to the finals.. maybe her mother caught on how to get her daughter through to the finals.. sad very sad and disappointing in BGT show and judges..

Marty May 29, 2009, 11:06 PM

That shouldn’t have been shown on TV.
But then again, I don’t think children should be allowed in those talent competitions.
You can’t let them win because you feel sorry for them, but it’s hard for them to accept defeat.
It’s just wrong!

Amber May 30, 2009, 12:54 AM

The Showbiz pressure cooker has gotten to that kid. Should have taken her offstage immediately, calmed her down, and tried one more time if she was willing.

While her voice is lovely, she isn’t mentally mature enough and lacks decent support to cope with this pressure.
If she were mine, I would not proceed further into the competition. She did a good job by singing her song well the 2nd time.
Send her home, and have her return next year if she (herself, not her mom) is willing and capable of holding it together.

(Methinks her parents see $$$… not a distraught child)

Anonymous May 30, 2009, 12:57 AM

Seriously, Marty just took the words right out of my mouth.

“That shouldn’t have been shown on TV. But then again, I don’t think children should be allowed in those talent competitions. You can’t let them win because you feel sorry for them, but it’s hard for them to accept defeat. It’s just wrong!”

Craig May 30, 2009, 1:40 AM

How is this cruel???? She got nervous and cried. The hosts, ammanda and her mother went an comforted her. She asked to do it again, (THE HOSTED DID NOT OFFER, considering you got a link you would think that you would get your facts right!!!!!!) she sang very well.

ALSO why put the link up? Amy has it right. All idiots like you do is moan and tell people they are wrong. Get a proper job and probally get a new personality you Hypocrital Pillock.

KB May 30, 2009, 2:04 AM

I don’t think she sang even remotely close to how good she was in her first audition. Not sure if this was because of her nerves or what.

But based on her behaviors tonight with the crying., and yes, she is just a little girl, but surely her parents know her well enough that they could have predicted her reactions if she stumbled. So I blame her parents for putting her through something that she doesnt have the maturity to deal with if something upsetting happens to her.

This was very painful to watch, and while I credit her in performing again, it came across too much of a sympathy vote for her instead of talent.

And while she does indeed have talent, hopefully the show will put in a minimum age to prevent this type of thing from happening again. Poor little Natalie Okri also started to cry after she found out she didnt make it into the finals, so I hope the producers learn from this.

Yolanda May 30, 2009, 7:51 AM

It was sad to watch but this is a talent competition. You have to be fair and I after watching this a couple of time on a website, I don’t believe she should have been given a second chance. There were a couple of kids who did not make it to the finals but completed their routines. What happens if she gets nervous again at the royal performance in front of the Queen? Will she have a second chance again? Susan Boyle had nerves during her semi final performance but pulled it together quickly… that’s professional. Hollie received the pity vote and her voice was shaky the second time.


Martin Lancs. May 30, 2009, 10:50 AM

I felt so upset and horrified watching that little girl go to pieces on live TV. It made me feel sick. It was just so unfair for her to be put through that. I thought it was child cruelty.
I couldn’t help but wonder whether little holly wants this, or an overbearing overambitious mum lies behind it all. If the little girl really enjoys performing then I think it’s OK but she just looked terrified last night.

Sara May 30, 2009, 11:25 AM

That was very sad but I think everyone handled it GREAT! The little girl obviously really wanted to try it again and I’m impressed that Simon said that she’d be given the second chance despite the lack of time. We all know the harsh Simon from American Idol and he was so sweet to her! She did great. Good for her!!

HeeHee May 30, 2009, 5:10 PM

That was hiliarious!

Anonymous June 1, 2009, 12:18 AM

Boo Hoo

janet June 2, 2009, 6:25 AM

She obviously has a pushy mother trying to live out her own dreams through her child! Why was she given a second chance. Other performers who muck up aren’t! And as for the tears and mini tantrum (foot stomping) when she thought she wasn’t going to be given a second chance to sing, what a spoilt little brat. Thank god she didn’t win.

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