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Simon Cowell responds to Susan Boyle controversies

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In an article in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Simon Cowell has responded to several controversies surrounding the most recent season of Britain’s Got Talent, including ones involving Susan Boyle and crying tykes on TV. With regards to Boyle, who ended up placing second in the competition and entered a mental-health clinic soon after, he says, “When the dance group Diversity won, I looked over at her face and thought: ‘Christ, she doesn’t know how to deal with not winning…’ Last week, I met [Boyle’s family] in my London office and I asked them: ‘Tell me honestly; did we do right or did we do wrong?’ What I meant was, was it right to allow Susan to carry on performing in the show once it became clear that she was finding it stressful? And they said, unanimously, that we did the right thing.” As for 10-year-old Hollie Steel, the sobbing BGT contestant given a second chance to perform after she forgot her lyrics, he says: “I thought giving Hollie a second chance was the right thing to do. Yet, ironically, I have had more complaints about Hollie being allowed to perform twice than anything else on the show. Isn’t that incredible? It’s certainly very confusing. Sometimes, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” He also addresses several former contestants on his other British show, The X-Factor, who claim they haven’t been treated well since being on the program.

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