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.
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.”
“@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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