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‘Britain's Got Talent' Judge Amanda Holden Insists There Shouldn't Be An Age Limit For Child Auditionees

14/04/2015 10:32 BST | Updated 17/04/2015 11:59 BST

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ kicked off over the weekend, and there’s already been plenty of drama.

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But while this year’s chatter has - so far - focused on the saga of the talking dog, Miss Wendy, the show’s lack of an age limit has also sparked debate.

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Now, Amanda has shared her thoughts on the fact kids can audition for ‘BGT’, stating that it’s up to parents to decide whether their little ‘uns should face the panel.

When asked by OK! whether it was about time age limits were introduced, Amanda replies: “No, it’s down to the parents.”

“If your child can’t take criticism or is going to be nervous in front of a lot of people, please don’t bring them to our show,” she concludes.

‘BGT’ has featured plenty of talented kids in the past, but bosses were criticised back in 2009, when 10-year-old singer Hollie Steel broke down in tears live on television, after forgetting her words in the semi-finals.

Simon Cowell let Hollie begin her performance again, and he later spoke out on the incident, stating: “You just can't imagine how awful it was, sitting in my judge's chair, watching ten-year-old Hollie Steel start to cry in front of millions as she struggled to remember the lines of her song.”

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Despite impressing the judges, Marc Metral and his 'talking dog' Wendy have drawn criticism following their appearance on Saturday's show, with the RSPCA investigating whether Miss Wendy was wearing a mask that restricted her snout.

The first golden buzzer was used on Saturday night's show, when Simon Cowell was left impressed by singer Calum Scott.

Read Amanda's full interview in the latest edition of OK! magazine.

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