Simon Cowell criticises BGT child singer

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 April 2010
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell criticises BGT child singer

Simon Cowell believes Chloe Hickinbottom is ''too old-fashioned'' for 'Britain's Got Talent' after the 10-year-old wowed viewers with her rendition of Dame Vera Lynn's 'The White Cliffs of Dover'

Simon Cowell believes Chloe Hickinbottom is "too old-fashioned" for 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The 10-year-old wowed viewers and judges with her rendition of the Dame Vera Lynn classic 'The White Cliffs of Dover' but the music mogul was absent from the panel as he was ill and had been replaced by Louis Walsh.

He said: "I would have asked her to sing something more contemporary. That is what happens when I am not on the show. The song was too old-fashioned."

Louis joined regular judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden on the panel in Birmingham and all three were impressed with her performance.

However, Vera, 93, also said the wartime song was the wrong choice because it wouldn't mean anything to her.

She said: "She simply won't understand the meaning of the lyrics."

Chloe recently said she wanted to be as big as Mariah Carey or Susan Boyle, who has become a worldwide success since she came second in the reality TV show last year.

Speaking backstage after her audition - which was shown on Saturday night (17.04.10) - Chloe said: "Now I've got through I can show off my voice more... I'd really like to be a professional singer like Mariah Carey or Susan Boyle."

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