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    Why is Max Clifford getting in on the act again? Is he even representing her or just hoping to? I guess things are rather quiet for him now that Jade Goody has gone.

    It's a shame that all this fuss is taking away from Diversity's victory. I bet they feel overshadowed by this woman who has a good voice but could never have been made into a long term star. She seems very sensitive and unable to cope with just the beginning of her fame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aella View Post
    There have been several people shown on AI auditions that are clearly not all there mentally. At the very least, there were people who were obviously retarded.

    They haven't made it to finals yet (the question mark over Kellie Pickler aside) but they've often been mocked/humiliated by Simon and the other judges. There should be some legal safeguards preventing television shows from doing that.

    Yea, I don't get why Simon is so accepting and empathetic toward Susan Boyle. If she was an AI wannabee, that they paraded during the auditon phase for fun, he'd be saying "sorry, sweetheart, you're just not Idol material, now off you go back to the home".

    I think he has highter standards for Americans.

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    American Idol is very different from the Got Talent shows. For AI they are looking the image that will sell too. On America's Got Talent that does not matter as much and I guess it's the same for BGT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    Why is Max Clifford getting in on the act again? Is he even representing her or just hoping to? I guess things are rather quiet for him now that Jade Goody has gone.

    It's a shame that all this fuss is taking away from Diversity's victory. I bet they feel overshadowed by this woman who has a good voice but could never have been made into a long term star. She seems very sensitive and unable to cope with just the beginning of her fame.
    He's Simon Cowells' PR - is he the program's too?

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    I hope she gets some well deserved rest.
    No one knows how they would handle fame unless it happens to you. I refuse to judge her. Susan Boyle was famous overnight!
    I will listen to any music she records, and hopefully she will.
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    I feel badly for her, but it was apparent to me from the beginning that she was cat lady crazy.
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    Woah - if she was assessed under the Mental Health Act that would be a Section 32 which means you can be forced into a psychiatric facility for your and others safety. It's a pretty extreme measure so she obviously had a major meltdown. I think the TV people are crapping themselves at what they have done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Woah - if she was assessed under the Mental Health Act that would be a Section 32 which means you can be forced into a psychiatric facility for your and others safety. It's a pretty extreme measure so she obviously had a major meltdown. I think the TV people are crapping themselves at what they have done.
    There are a number of things that surprise me about this.
    1) that anyone has admitted this since health records are private
    2) there ate being some serious questions asked in the media & the populist politicians aboutwhat this type of show is doing to people...


    Is there any other part of the mental health act that might apply? I don't know much about it.

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    poor lady. i read on dailymail that they forced her to do the program even though she showed signs of panic
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    The show is now being investigated by Ofcom:

    TV watchdogs are set to investigate the treatment of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent after a flood of complaints from viewers.

    The 48-year-old singer, who has learning difficulties, was last night being treated at a private clinic after suffering an emotional breakdown in the aftermath of the show.

    Nineteen million viewers watched the beginning of Miss Boyle's meltdown on Saturday night as she was beaten to first place by dance group Diversity.
    Exit the Teary Angel with a bouquet of broken dreams: Susan Boyle returns to her hotel after losing to Diversity in the Britain's Got Talent final

    Within 24 hours, police officers and TV producers had forcibly escorted her to The Priory clinic in North London.

    Media regulator Ofcom is considering an investigation into whether ITV has breached the broadcasting code after viewers flooded phone lines with a 'large number of complaints'.

    Section eight of the code states: 'People in a state of distress should not be put under pressure to take part in a programme or provide interviews, unless it is warranted.'

    Radio phone-ins and internet chatrooms have been buzzing with claims that Miss Boyle should never have been allowed to compete in the final after a week of disturbing behaviour in the lead-up to the show.
    Susan Boyle

    Last night The Priory group's chief medical officer took the unusual step of speaking out to criticise TV production companies responsible for making stars of ill-prepared individuals.

    Professor Chris Thompson said: 'I would want to know that people being exposed to such pressures are actually looked after.

    'I think I know what TV companies would say - they would say "these people are willing volunteers..."

    'The fact that there is consent between the TV company and contestant does not prevent the TV company having a duty of care once that consent has been given.'

    Britain's Got Talent producer Talkback Thames last night admitted that contestants are not psychologically tested. It has now said it will review this policy.

    A spokesman said: 'Compared to something like Big Brother, where you are looking at people going into a house for three months, the people on Britain's Got Talent have three or four performances maximum and spend only seven to ten days in a hotel for the semi-finals and finals.

    'It is a very different scenario. But because of the level of media attention and the speed with which it became a global phenomenon, we will be reviewing all of our policies in relation to psychological treatment.'


    The production company said no pressure had been put on Miss Boyle to perform in the final and it had been entirely her decision.

    Miss Boyle was taken to The Priory psychiatric unit in Southgate, North London, on Sunday night after breaking down at the five-star Buckingham Gate Hotel in Westminster.

    She is expected to stay there until the end of the month. The bill for the £3,000-a-week treatment will be picked up by the BGT production company.

    Yesterday one of the show's judges, Piers Morgan, said the singer from West Lothian has been in a 'state' all week.

    'I think she was exhausted mentally, physically, emotionally and she had had no proper sleep in days and hasn't been eating,' he said.
    Piers said Susan was 'almost certain' to sign a record contract with Cowell

    Piers Morgan said Susan was 'exhausted mentally, physically, emotionally'

    Last night Miss Boyle's closest relatives said her fears she had let people down by not winning had triggered her breakdown.

    Her brother, Gerry Boyle, told the Mail she had been taken to The Priory after suffering a panic attack at her hotel on Sunday.

    Mr Boyle, 55, said: 'She started feeling extremely anxious on Sunday afternoon.

    'Later that day she had what you and I would call a panic attack. She has been away from home all week and was very lonely and in all honesty very homesick.'

    He added: 'Susan panicked because the show had come to an end and she did not know what the future held for her. There are no contracts on the table and she hadn't spoken to Cowell properly.'

    On Sunday, friends of the singer joined her in her hotel room when they became worried about her state of mind. They called the show's producers who went to the hotel before deciding to call an ambulance. There were unconfirmed reports she also collapsed.

    Medical staff spent an hour talking to Miss Boyle before deciding to take her to the Priory.

    The previous night she had also reportedly run down a corridor of the TV studios shouting 'I hate this show' after she came second to Diversity in the final.

    Last week, she lost her composure on two other occasions: swearing as the show was aired in the bar of the hotel where she was staying and later at two members of the public who had apparently been goading her.

    Her other brother John Boyle, 59, added yesterday: ''She is a very highly strung lady and she feels like she's let people down. But it is a nonsense.

    He added: 'She needs a good rest and reassurance that her future is guaranteed. Six weeks ago it was a dream and it still is a dream and it's come true.'


    A spokesman for Britain's Got Talent said the programme had provided extensive support to Miss Boyle.

    He said she was surrounded by her choice of friends and family and production team representatives. As the final neared, a counsellor was brought in for added support.

    Ofcom would not reveal how many complaints it had received about the Miss Boyle controversy last night.

    But it is expected to release a general figure for complaints concerning the last week of Britain's Got Talent later today.

    ITV was also unable to provide any viewer response figures when contacted.

    Critics have long been concerned about the effect of reality television on contestants' mental health.

    Most criticism has been levelled at Channel 4's Big Brother.

    More than 54,000 complained about the treatment of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty after she was subjected to racist bullying from fellow contestants Danielle Lloyd, the late Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara on Celebrity Big Brother.

    Gordon Brown weighed into the controversy surrounding Susan Boyle's mental health yesterday.

    The Prime Minister took time out of his busy schedule to speak to judges Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan and ask if the singer was all right.

    Appearing on GMTV yesterday, he said: 'I hope Susan Boyle is OK because she is a really, really nice person and I think she will do well.

    'I spoke to Simon Cowell last night and to Piers Morgan and wanted to be sure that she was OK.'

    Mr Brown admitted he had watched the Britain's Got Talent final on Saturday night.

    He also praised the win of Diversity saying it was 'just an amazing success for Britain and that will go right round the world'.

    The Prime Minister claimed the group's win was a sign that the electorate did not want to back the 'outrageous' policies of the BNP.

    He said: 'You have got Diversity coming in - a great example of diversity in our country - who have won, and people have said the greatest act in Britain's Got Talent, and at the same time you have got a party that is practising racism.

    'I really don't think that is what the British public wants to see and I have got a duty to point out to people what that party stands for.'

    This is not the first time that Mr Brown has been drawn into controversy surrounding a reality TV show.

    In 2007 he was visiting India when the Shilpa Shetty race row exploded on Channel 4's Big Brother. He said: 'I want Britain to be seen as a country of fairness and tolerance. Anything detracting from this I condemn.'

    He also criticised the BBC and Jonathan Ross over the Andrew Sachs phone messages scandal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    I heard an interview with her brother & he denied that she was retarded or "special" or somehow sub-normal in any way. I think that a lot of people had already decided due to her looks then Piers saying she was deprived of oxygen at birth. WTF? I have friends who's kid was also & he's perfectly normal (and infact in a "special" school - for GIFTED kids...)
    when i was 11 y.o., i had a friend who was deprived of oxygen at birth. she wasn't retarded, but did have trouble concentrating & studying. from what i can remember, the effects of it depend largely on how long you're deprived of oxygen.

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