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Jessie J says kids shouldn't be on TV talent shows


British pop star Jessie J has taken aim at talent show guru Simon Cowell for allowing children to audition on his popular TV contests.

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The singer, who is a coach on the U.K. version of "The Voice," says she feels "very uncomfortable" watching young wannabes perform on rival series "Britain's Got Talent," which Cowell created and currently judges, and is says they should be banned from trying out.

She says, "I cannot agree with kids having to go through three or four auditions when it's purely for ridicule. I don't understand why it's legal, I think it's wrong. I watched 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions and there are these kids getting laughed at by the audience, I'm like, 'Whoa, why?'

"I get very uncomfortable seeing young kids on stage because I know what it's like. I know however much greatness there is in this world, there are also a lot of mean people behind computers. Children need to be children." Jessie says viewers are beginning to side with her, adding, "I think the public, thank God, have finally realised that it's wrong."

Jun 3, 2013 7:04AM

What about the 9 year-old girl who could sing opera and won? There is still a lot of talent out there, even in small children. It remains their risk, and everyone has embarrassment in their lives.

Jun 3, 2013 6:53AM
If you have ever been to a taping of America's got talent or Britain's got talent. you would know that every time they show the audience reaction it's not genuinely for the act that is being displayed in the show. they prerecord coached reactions from the audience boo's laughter and applause. They actually tell the audience to do this before the judges even come out at all. Even the crossed arm X is all scripted I remember them specifically saying "ok anyone with birthdays from January to June  cross your arms and make an X July to December you boo." they then splice it in wherever they want to. it is not nearly as harsh from the audience standpoint as it seems on tv. Some of these kids are absolutely amazing talents to prevent them from competing is wrong if your only basis for it is "well the ones that aren't good get their feelings hurt." That is the parents fault for not having proper perspective on their child and allowing them to audition in the first place.
Jun 3, 2013 6:44AM
Agreed! Children should'nt be allowed to audition til at least 16
Jun 3, 2013 6:44AM
I see where she's coming from and I agree with her to an extent ... however, there are some kids that try out for these shows that are better than any adults that try out for the show. I don't know about anyone else, but I've seen some pretty talented kids try out for these shows ... and what age limit do you set it at? she said kids, but at what age would it be appropriate to set it at?
Jun 3, 2013 6:39AM

This is so true!  I know there maybe some great young talent, but unless you as a parent know they are GREAT and the child really really wants it, do not put your child through this process.  The kids are kids innocent, gullible, venerable, and the things said to them which most of the judges have NO FILTER can destroy a child!

Half of these stars today are messed up on drugs, or physc issues because of the judging. There area lot of mean people out there, and I know if one of them ever treated my child this way, he/she would have their own new problems (Daddy).


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