Mr Cowell's intervention in last night's semi-final came after 10-year-old Hollie Steel, from Accrington, became overcome by nerves halfway through her performance of Edelweiss and stopped singing. She didn't exactly stop, she started to cry as she was singing. This normally means the competition is over and one does not have what it takes to bring home the British bacon. However, the tears have brought another female to the second round instead of talent under pressure. I think David Bowie even sang a song conveying the same effect at one point in time.
As McPartlin and his co-host Declan Donnelly tried to console the girl, Cowell interrupted, saying: "Hollie, I don't care how we find it, but we will find the time somewhere." Hollie, distraught, asked to be allowed to start again. But presenter Anthony McPartlin, on instructions from the production gallery, told her that there was no time. Well, had this been a "lad" (boy, man) he would have been pushed off the stage and told to shappen up and come back when you are older. In the case of young sweet, vulnerable Hollie, she was given a lollipop by one of the most cruel men in show business and allowed to go on. She wasn't just given a second chance, no, she was time that did not exist in the original programme to continue. Simon Cowell over ruled producers and forced local news to stand by until Hollie was finished. Simply amazing.
Hollie sang again later in the show, and delivered a flawless performance.The judges then had to choose one other finalist from the acts with the next two highest totals in the phone vote – Hollie, and high-pitched opera singer Greg Pritchard. They unanimously chose Hollie in what would later be called a sympathy vote and the same strategy Hillary Clinton used in the 2008 Primary for president. However, Hillary didn;t win in the end and young, sweet and vulnerable Hollie will meet the same fate.
Am I being an asshole or just pointing out a double standard? Well, 60% of people would say I was an asshole. However, 30% of that 60% do not have jobs. Therefore the 40% of people who believe in hard word and best person for the job put my opinion through to the second round and I didn't have to cry for it. Nevertheless, I am more disappointed in Simon Cowell who use to be a rock of inspiration to me as a man. Simon would have never have displayed this feminized sentiment of pity in the United States but I guess I would have to thank him for that. The US is the land of hard work and achievement and we do not need sympathy tears to give us an edge. However, we still have a huge feminization problem but we are working on that as well.