It’s very unlike me but I have been watching Britain’s Got Talent. As a mother I felt slightly strange watching Hollie Steel tonight. She was clearly struggling and then broke down, pleaded to be allowed to start again and lost it when she was told that was not possible – just like a ten year old would. She reminded me of my five year old when his artwork doesn’t go the way he wants it – but Hollie was doing this in front of millions of people on live TV. Should she have been there at all?
Her mum was clearly anxious, leaping onto the stage, and with her as she faced the final vote. I felt nervous watching it at home. Hollie is through to the final but, as I prepare to go to sleep tonight, I can’t help wondering whether the right decision would have been for the judges to send her home. Should she be repeating the ordeal tomorrow night or spending the weekend preparing for a return to school like a normal ten year old? Would that be a happier end to half term or is it okay to let her chase her dream in front of the whole world?