Britain’s Got Talent 2013: Bosses defend Arisxandra Libantino & Keri Graham over ‘inappropriate’ claims

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ITV bosses have spoken out in defence of their show and one of their young contestants, after the first episode of 2013 aired on Saturday night.

The reality TV show returned for it’s seventh series at the weekend and was jam packed full of the usual weird and wacky contestants, as well as some truly amazing acts and performers.

Shadow dancers Attraction were one of the most talked about acts on the night, along with stunning singer Alice Fredenham who closed the show. Also making an impact was 11 year old singer Arisxandra Libantino, who stunned the judges with her mature version of Jennifer Hudson’s ‘One Night Only.’

The ratings were high for BGT’s return and peaking at 13.3 million, it was more watched than any X Factor episode last year. However despite it’s popularity, the complaints have been flooding in once again, over Keri Graham’s sexy chair dance and Arisxandra Libantino’s ‘inappropriate’ song.

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Mediawatch UK were among the first to hit out at the primetime TV show and director Vivienne Pattison told The Daily Mail:

“Having an 11-year-old girl sing an adult song like this is simply sexualising children. It’s incredibly damaging because this show is marketed at primary school children.

“ITV appear to have completely ignored the Ofcom guidelines – I don’t even know why they put the guidelines out. This kind of thing is not what families want to see.

“We are sleepwalking into a situation where pornography is the norm.”

Fans of the show criticised the performance on Twitter with one posting:


“#BGT Arisxandra: Cute girl, good voice, age-inappropriate song, little performance skill. Seen it a million times.”

Another added:

“@GotTalent Arisxandra was amazing but inappropriate song for 11 year old??! #BGT”

A third claimed:

“Am I alone feeling uncomfortable watching an 11 year old girl singing One Night Only? Sensational voice. Strange song choice. #BGT”

There were those that weren’t overly impressed by Keri’s chair dance either. The mum of one cavorted with Simon Cowell on stage, as her son and husband watched from the wings and one viewer tweeted:

“Keri Graham makes me want to flip over a chair & impale myself on it! Filthy cow! Her poor son is gonna be bullied! #bgt #legend”

ITV bosses have defended the content of their launch episode and hit back, saying:

“In its seventh series, Britain’s Got Talent celebrates variety and showcases a wide range of different acts. Mindful of our family audience, the performance was carefully edited to ensure it was suitably inexplicit.”

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35 Responses to “Britain’s Got Talent 2013: Bosses defend Arisxandra Libantino & Keri Graham over ‘inappropriate’ claims”

  1. Sophie Langan says:

    I think Arisxandra is an amazing singer, actually and I hope she makes the final.

  2. Bev Wright says:

    Thought it was a very inapproapriate song. Just taken child innocence back many years. Disgusting. Also dont think that kids should be on this kind of show. Just not fair

    • Shelly says:

      Wrong choice of song but it was only a song and disgusting is inappropriate choice of word to call it

    • Grecor says:

      Well, she didn’t know that it was an inappropriate song, but yes it was inappropriate

  3. joyce says:

    bev wright dont be jealosy to the 11 years old girl,, just a song is nothing wrong,, she can sang,,ok.. you are bad minded,,you are not a good really bad,,bad,,bad,,,,,,….

    • bev2 says:

      I am not a bad person. Just want to protect child innocence .!!!!

      • bali indon says:

        looks like your comment is inappropriate, disgusting and bigoted as well on the pretense of protecting child innocence.

        i don’t see anything malicious the kid did, and if you find an innocent girl expressing her talent in that form disgusting, i don’t know what you are living around with.

        anyway, that’s your opinion and this is my opinion and we can leave it at that.

    • marian tabing says:

      i am very impressed with Arisxandra Libantino.. she sings with her heart..and my eyes get wet while watching her…its not about what she sings.. but how she sings it..she inspire me in many ways…she make us, the Filipino people very proud…whatever others may say….we don’t care..its all about passion and the goodness and dedication that she shows not only the song itself…so pls. criticize well…widen your imagination…be artful not specific….don’t be so harsh on the child….if you really are concerned…follow her and advice her well….she need it more than social criticism…thanks anyway…

  4. Cathy says:

    All this fuss over Arisxandra Libantino yet everyone seems to have overlooked the fact she was on the show in 2011. No great discovery

  5. asher says:

    did you complain as well last year when the 11 yr old girl molly sang the same song last year ?

  6. oren says:

    The song was just as inappropriate as someone her age singing ‘my way’

  7. Shelly says:

    Not a great song choice for the 11 year old girl but she can sing and that was the show is about. I’m sure she will do just as good singing other songs.

  8. Grace says:

    Amazing voice…as for the song it is just a song..only closed minded will think its inappropriate…

  9. Ramil Antonio says:

    extra ordinaire for an 11 year old filipina..
    if you havent got this kinda talent with the same age you know, well then please do not criticize just for the sake of arguement…you are practicing discrimination and that is too obvious..
    Chill out..the girl top em’ all

    • eh says:

      oh shut this politically correct comment, how many white Europeans won philipinese talent show? none? you must be totally racists there! shame on you! if you don`t feel comfortable in UK you can always come back to Philipine where human rights , as every body knows are respected…so don`t treat peaple as idiots. the girl was dressed like a child and sang -screamed an adult song- maybe how it works in Philipine, but in Europe 11 years old girl is still a child. a screaming kid, nothing else!
      Keri Graham show- I liked very much, this is the kind the song which matches a chair dance, what you imagine- chair dance while playing Mozart?

      • Mimi says:

        Yes Eh that 11 year old girl has a talent that not many 11 year olds in Europe have. Just admit it that she’s an amazing singer. Nothing to do with race or discrimination just appreciating her singing talent that’s why people watch the show.

      • Ramil Antonio says:

        meaningless comment…am i talking to an 11 year old kid..huh! check your grammar and spelling baby

      • Winz says:

        abd how many Europeans do you think have joined contest in the philippines, pointless comment to make, and clearly thought, dont play the race card, back home in the philippines, kids sing from ages 4 and up, age appropriate or not, the song is amazing, arisxandra is amazing, and your full of shit,

      • Greco says:

        Erm….. is it just me , or is your spelling/grammar poor?

      • Greco says:

        Erm….. is it just me , or is your spelling/grammar bad

      • Greco says:

        Erm….. what good grammar?

  10. Dee says:

    I can’t see why people are having a go at Keri except through jealousy – i have seen far more distasteful performances than that. Keri is a lovely person and u really shouldn’t judge someone when u don’t know them. Keri is a successful business woman and her son and husband r right behind her every step of the way. It was funny and she wasn’t showing anything she shouldn’t so just lighten up and if u don’t like the show don’t watch it. Her son is a well- adjusted child who isn’t going to let small-minded people worry him.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Truth me told, I didn’t even understand that Jennifer Hudson’s “One Night Only” was supposed to be inappropriate. I was too distracted by Arixsandra’s voice. I think people who know really know the song are the only one’s who know the connotation of it. I’m twenty-one years old, and I didn’t even notice it was an inappropriate song. And, she was dressed very conservatively. So, I don’t really see a problem. People need to calm down.

    • Lea says:

      Well said Stephanie! People complain way too much and need to address “serious issues” other than an 11 year old singing a song. Pretty sure that the people saying how disgusting it is let their kids sing and dance to worse!!

  12. Lea says:

    I don’t see what the big fuss is about! There are children younger than Arisxandra who sing songs that are far worse and inappropriate for their age range. Further more, she was singing a song in which she probably liked without even knowing what it was about. Kids always say things that they don’t fully understand. Yes she could have chosen a better song but hey, what’s done is done. People need to put more serious issues into perspective before ranting over a song!!

  13. Steve says:

    Ramil, there’s no need to be abusive

  14. Fairy godmother says:

    ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ would be nice. Lol.

  15. Fairy godmother says:

    Is making balloons out of condoms bad? What about the Xmas song ‘ Comin down the chimney tonight’? Lol.

  16. Mary says:

    Why now?

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  18. Gina says:

    When I saw the performance by Arisxandra, I was truly amazed at her powerful voice but I saw a sweet little girl in a beautiful dress with shoes that were too big for her, singing a song which I wonder if she fully comprehends what it is about. Totally inappropriate song for a young girl her age to sing. Very talented though. As for Keri, it doesn’t really take talent to dance like a stripper. Sorry Keri, I believe you need to apply for a job at a strip bar to be appreciated. Can’t say the Queen or anyone else would be too impressed with your act.

  19. Sarah says:

    I agree with Gina! Great voice but I felt she was being pushed and exposed beyond her years, even if she didn’t know it yet herself!

  20. Abi says:

    I was mindblown by Arisxandra’s performance! And honestly I didn’t even know that One Night Only had an implied connotation to one night stands. Thanks and no thanks to those who pointed it out -_- I thought it was a harmless song like Phil Collins’ One More Night.

  21. ola says:

    Dirty minded people!!!