British singer Jessie J thinks kids should be illegal on the ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show.
The 25-year-old, judge on BBC singing show The Voice, disagreed with her ITV rival for taking advantage of young wannabes.
At a recent press conference the Wild singer argued, “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 BGT auditions and there are these kids getting laughed at by the audience, I’m like, ‘Woah, 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 is not the only celebrity to comment on the use of children on Simon Cowell’s show.
Brucey’s Thoughts Always Right?
TV veteran, Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth was also stifled over whether young children can handle the stress of the spotlight.
The 85-year-old had a dig at the 53 year old’s ITV show, suggesting that kids should not be put through the ‘ordeal’ of auditioning up against adults.
Sir Bruce said, “I like Britain’s Got Talent. As a variety artist myself, how could I not? But I really do think he should stop putting young children under the immense and possibly damaging pressure of performing on national television, not just in front of a live audience, but also before four very sharp judges.
"You can see that many of the adult performers find the experience traumatic, so what sort of emotional damage could it be doing to children?”
Jessie praised The Voice, saying it celebrates talent and does not create national figures of ridicule.
She claimed viewers have lost interest in watching telly that humiliates contestants.
Jessie added, “They need to be children. I think the public, thank god, have finally realised that it’s wrong.”
What are your thoughts?
Should there be an age limit for children auditioning on TV talent shows?