Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has hit back at Sir Bruce Forsyth's comments that young children should not be allowed to compete on the ITV show.
Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce, 85, told a Sunday newspaper he thought the TV talent competition - which includes finals broadcast on live TV - was too much of an "ordeal" to put young children through.
Mum-of-two Amanda, 42, hit back, telling the Daily Mirror that parents should decide if they let their kids take part.
She said: "I can't stand the nanny state we live in. Yes, it's our responsibility to look after children while they are doing the show but it's also the parents' responsibility. We have amazing people backstage. We don't want to be pressured into having an age range."
Bruce had said of BGT: "I don't think they should put children on who are too young.
If you're going to do that, have a separate show. To put little children through that kind of an ordeal, I think it's wrong."
In 2009 singer Hollie Steel competed in the show when she was just nine. During the live semi-final she forgot her words and broke down in tears.
Though producers said there was no time for her to try again, Simon Cowell insisted she be given a second chance.
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