Simon Cowell apologises to young girl after she’s left in tears by his harsh comments during BGT

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‘I feel really awful, I now hate myself’: Simon Cowell apologises to young girl after she’s left in tears by his harsh comments during Britain’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell was left red-faced after he was forced to apologise to a young girl on Britain’s Got Talent‘s Friday semi-final.

The talent show judge, 62, wasn’t impressed with the opening performance from act Matricks Illusion, and even pressed his buzzer during their act.

But as Simon was giving them his unfiltered opinion, one member of the group, named Lamala, started to well up – with the judge later admitting he felt ‘awful’.

Simon Cowell apologises to young girl after she’s left in tears by his harsh comments during BGT

Sorry: Simon Cowell, 62, apologised to a young girl on Friday evening after she was left in tears by his harsh comments during Britain’s Got Talent

The magic act wowed the judges with their initial audition, and opted for a disappearing number on Friday evening.

But it didn’t live up to expectations, as Simon buzzed and explained it lacked ‘star power’.

‘I buzzed because I didn’t feel it was magical enough. There was a lot of chaos, and whereas I like these big magic acts compared to cards, we had a magician on a few days ago who I thought was so much better.

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 ‘I didn’t think this… this lacked, I don’t know, star power for me,’ he continued.

Emotional: As Simon was giving them his unfiltered opinion, one member of the group, named Lamala (pictured bottom left), started to well up - with the judge later admitting he felt 'awful'

Emotional: As Simon was giving them his unfiltered opinion, one member of the group, named Lamala (pictured bottom left), started to well up – with the judge later admitting he felt ‘awful’

Buzzed: The talent show judge wasn't impressed with the opening performance from act Matricks Illusion, and even pressed his buzzer

Buzzed: The talent show judge wasn’t impressed with the opening performance from act Matricks Illusion, and even pressed his buzzer

The performers were visibly unsatisfied with the comments, but it was the youngest member of the team, Lamala, who took it the hardest.

As another member wrapped her arms around Lamala, the dancer was upset, with tears rolling down her face.

While the emotional moment went unnoticed by the judges at the time, Simon came to the realisation later, and apologised to the act.

Chaotic: 'I buzzed because I didn't feel it was magical enough. There was a lot of chaos, and whereas I like these big magic acts compared to cards, we had a magician on a few days ago who I thought was so much better,' he explained

Chaotic: ‘I buzzed because I didn’t feel it was magical enough. There was a lot of chaos, and whereas I like these big magic acts compared to cards, we had a magician on a few days ago who I thought was so much better,’ he explained

Tough: As another member wrapped her arms around Lamala, the dancer was upset, with tears rolling down her face

Tough: As another member wrapped her arms around Lamala, the dancer was upset, with tears rolling down her face

Later in the show, he interjected: ‘I’d like to say something, you know going back to the very first act, I didn’t realise I’d really upset someone.

‘I just apologised to her, called Lamala, and I feel really awful, I now hate myself. Anyway got that out the way, back to you,’ he said whole handing the show back to presenters Ant and Dec. 

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And while it took the judges a longer time, viewers were quick to notice the tears on Lamala’s face, with one viewer Tweeting: ‘She’s in tears and no one has even noticed’.

But while hearts went out for the young star, many viewers did agree with Simon’s criticism, taking to Twitter to display their disappointment.

Sympathy: And while it took the judges a longer time, viewers were quick to notice the tears on Lamala's face, with one viewer Tweeting: 'She's in tears and no one has even noticed'

Sympathy: And while it took the judges a longer time, viewers were quick to notice the tears on Lamala’s face, with one viewer Tweeting: ‘She’s in tears and no one has even noticed’

Didn't live up: But while hearts went out for the young star, many viewers did agree with Simon's criticism, taking to Twitter to display their disappointment

Didn’t live up: But while hearts went out for the young star, many viewers did agree with Simon’s criticism, taking to Twitter to display their disappointment

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