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