Hollie Steel's mum: Britain's Got Talent is not cruel

Hollie Steel's mum: Britain's Got Talent is not cruel

ALL SMILES: Hollie, above, looking much happier on Saturday’s show

PROUD: Mum Nina

Hollie Steel's mum: Britain's Got Talent is not cruel

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

THE mother of singing star Hollie Steel has branded claims that children should not be allowed on Britain’s Got Talent as ‘rubbish’.

Ten-year-old Hollie, of Huncoat, broke down at the semi-final stage of the hit show in front of 15 million viewers on Friday.

But mum Nina said that her note-perfect rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, from Phantom of the Opera, on Saturday’s final showed her strength of character.

She said: “If any child performer wants to make it then they have to get used to tough times as well as good times. There will always be auditions that don’t go well and disappointments but that doesn’t mean that children should not be allowed on the show.

“This has been a fantastic experience for her which she has really enjoyed.”

Critics, including ex-Big Brother psychologist Prof David Wilson, have condemned Britain’s Got Talent for ‘exploiting contestants’.

Prof Wilson compared the show to 18th century public executions.

He said: “Not too many of the contestants have the psychological equipment to cope with the sustained, harsh glare of the public spotlight.”

But Nina said those sentiments were “rubbish” and added: “Children tend to get nervous about these things. But it is ridiculous to suggest this should be the basis for removing all children from the show.”

Nina also spoke about supposed revelations about Hollie’s “secret” grandfather in a Sunday newspaper yesterday.

Nina’s real father, John Denvassey, 57, spoke to the News of the World about how he would like to make contact with the granddaughter he has never met.

But Nina, 37, said she has always known about Mr Denvassey and where he lives in Burnley, but has “never had any interest in meeting him”.

She said: “I know who my parents are and just because this man is my blood father does not necessarily mean anything.”

Nina said she was “overjoyed” at Hollie’s performance on the final, despite her not making the top three. She said: “She performed brilliantly and we are all so proud.”

Nina said that Hollie, a pupil at Oakhill College, Whalley, has now been assigned a manager through the show. Steven Howard, from TCB, which represents artists including Katherine Jenkins, will now be representing her.

Nina said Hollie wanted to make an album and work in theatre.

She said: “Anything that involves singing will be of interest but we will really have to wait and see. Hollie will be a part of the Britain’s Got Talent tour and that will keep her busy.”

Yesterday the family relaxed at their hotel with other contestants. Hollie played in the pool with 12-year-old Aiden Davis and Shaheen Jafar-gholi and children from the winning act Diversity.

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9:34am Mon 1 Jun 09

Blondie says...

Hollie is at a tender age and her mother needs to step back and think of the consequences.
Look what happend to Lena Zavaroni!
A child star who looked like she was mature enough to cope but the mental scars and a lost childhoood never went away.
Think on Nina.
Hollie is at a tender age and her mother needs to step back and think of the consequences. Look what happend to Lena Zavaroni! A child star who looked like she was mature enough to cope but the mental scars and a lost childhoood never went away. Think on Nina. Blondie
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10:31am Mon 1 Jun 09

bluerover says...

Well done LET on correcting your mistake, but why remove my post?
Well done LET on correcting your mistake, but why remove my post? bluerover
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12:48pm Mon 1 Jun 09

Faithless says...

Well done Hollie
Well done Hollie Faithless
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2:15pm Mon 1 Jun 09

suzi q says...

Thought it was a bit of a tantrum and crocodile tears myself, and as for Simon Cowell calling her the barcets girl in Britain, im sorry but children living with cancer or being carers for their families are braver.
Thought it was a bit of a tantrum and crocodile tears myself, and as for Simon Cowell calling her the barcets girl in Britain, im sorry but children living with cancer or being carers for their families are braver. suzi q
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2:20pm Mon 1 Jun 09

suzi q says...

Sorry that was supposed to say bravest girl, not barcets.
Sorry that was supposed to say bravest girl, not barcets. suzi q
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2:22pm Mon 1 Jun 09

Mike Costa says...

Mike Costa says:

Mothers like Hollies fill me with dread for the future of this once great nation.

Under no circumstances is it right to push a child into this sort of pressure, whether the child appears to want it or not. It is the parents role to reason with the child, and explain the pitfalls. Thats what being a good parent is all about.

I feel sorry for Hollie that she hasn't had the type of support that she needs at her age.
Mike Costa says: Mothers like Hollies fill me with dread for the future of this once great nation. Under no circumstances is it right to push a child into this sort of pressure, whether the child appears to want it or not. It is the parents role to reason with the child, and explain the pitfalls. Thats what being a good parent is all about. I feel sorry for Hollie that she hasn't had the type of support that she needs at her age. Mike Costa
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8:15pm Mon 1 Jun 09

Boris Bear says...

Hollie's mum says that children who want to be in show business need to get used to tough times. Well doesn't that include accepting the judges' decisions and not having a no-tears crying tantrum?
Hollie's mum says that children who want to be in show business need to get used to tough times. Well doesn't that include accepting the judges' decisions and not having a no-tears crying tantrum? Boris Bear
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9:15pm Mon 1 Jun 09

past it says...

I agree that the Hollie is to young, but people will do nearly anything to escape the drudge of working life, and the very sad place that the Uk has become.
I agree that the Hollie is to young, but people will do nearly anything to escape the drudge of working life, and the very sad place that the Uk has become. past it
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11:15pm Mon 1 Jun 09

working chap says...

If anyone is failing in their duty of care it's this child's mother. At her age she should be allowed to be a child, not a mini-adult competing in freak shows like this.
If anyone is failing in their duty of care it's this child's mother. At her age she should be allowed to be a child, not a mini-adult competing in freak shows like this. working chap
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