Beau Dermott's dad has defended his daughter over claims of a 'fix' on Britain's Got Talent.
12-year-old Beau was shockingly branded a 'cheat' by some tabloid press because she had previously dared to have singing lessons.
The horror of it all!
The reports seemed to draw ire from BGT with a spokesperson saying: “This story is ridiculous. Beau had singing lessons once a month for the past four years at Stage Pro Academy. Just because she has had singing lessons, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t get nervous when performing as was stated on the show"
They added: “Adele, who is the biggest selling artist in the world, suffers from nerves when performing, so it’s not surprising to think that Beau would as well, especially given that she is a 12-year-old schoolgirl.”
Now Beau's father, Ian Dermott, has also spoken out to rubbish the reports.
“People are saying she’s been in theatre school for five years – she hasn’t,” he explained. “It might be once a month, it might be once in three months. Stage Pro is run by lovely people and we just go for a singing lesson as and when it suits.
“She’s never done any productions for them.”
Ian denied that Beau was, or had been told to, 'fake' her nerves when singing for 3,000 people at her audition.
“What you saw was what you got,” he told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “They didn’t tell us what to say or how to act. I’ve watched it back numerous times now and you can clearly see she’s really, really nervous. “She’s struggling at the start and she’s got a little quivery laugh.
“But when she starts singing the nerves leave her. That’s how she performs.”
Britain's Got Talent 2016 continues Saturday nights on ITV.