Amanda Holden has spoken about the welfare of young contestants on Britain's Got Talent, claiming that the responsbility lies with their parents.
The 42-year-old actress revealed yesterday that she's not daunted by the idea of saying 'no' to children on the show, but added that she does carefully consider how she says it.
"You don't get a dread, but you just obviously think responsibly about how you might say no," she explained. We've always said that the responsibility is with the parents of any child that comes on to this show.
"We're brilliant backstage with them, but unless your child is ready they shouldn't be on stage."
However, she added: "This year, little Britain has got talent. It's mostly young kids, it's been amazing."
Producers came under fire last year when nine-year-old Malakai Paul was shown breaking down in tears at his audition. His mum later insisted that he wanted to take part and hadn't been exploited.
After getting a second chance, Malaki made the live shows, but the judges chose not to put him through to the final.
Sky1's Got To Dance recently begun pre-recording performances by minors in its live final stages.
The seventh series of Britain's Got Talent kicks off this Saturday at 7.00pm on ITV.