BGT bosses defend Shirlena decision
- Bang Showbiz
- 25 January 2011
'Britain's Got Talent' bosses have defended their decision to allow Shirlena Johnson to audition for the show, explaining that banning the eccentric singer would be akin to ''discrimination''
'Britain's Got Talent' bosses have defended their decision to allow Shirlena Johnson to audition for the show.
The eccentric singer - who was thrown off 'The X Factor' when producers became concerned for her welfare after it was revealed she suffered from mental health problems - has admitted bosses of the ITV1 show didn't question her about her fragile state of mind.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "They didn't ask me about any medical documents at all."
However, a spokesperson for the talent contest has hit back at these claims, saying not allowing the 30-year-old single mum to audition in front of the judging panel - Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff - would be akin to "discrimination".
The show representative also explained full checks of Shirlena's medical history will be undertaken should she progress any further in the competition.
However, Shirlena now claims to have overcome her depression and anxiety problems, and recently pleaded with 'Britain's Got Talent' bosses to give her a second shot at fame.
She said: "I deserve a second chance. I hope I will make it to the next stage. It would mean a lot to me. I would be so happy. This is something I really want to do - it's my dream.
"I have a supportive family around me who can help with my daughter."