Alyn appeared on a recent episode of the ITV show, when he took to the stage and sang a song of his own composition. It was a depressing number, written for a friend who he thought had committed suicide but who later turned out to be perfectly fine.
Just one verse in and the audience began chanting ‘off off off’ and soon after the three judges buzzed him off the stage. Amanda Holden said: “Its ever so depressing,” while Simon Cowell questioned the whole premise of the song.
Alyn has since claimed that he only progressed onto the show because producers wanted to mock him and he insists that they knew he was once placed in a secure psychiatric unit
Mental health charities are calling for ITV and Simon Cowell to re-examine urgently how they select contestants for their talent shows, warning that a tragedy is "inevitable".
It comes after a 60-year-old man with a history of severe mental health problems, who was placed in a secure psychiatric unit after being judged a suicide risk, told the Observer that he believes he was selected by the producers of Britain's Got Talent specifically because they expected he would be jeered and ridiculed.
Alyn James, a retired dentist from Neath, South Wales, appeared on the talent show two weeks ago but was buzzed off before he could finish his song, to shouts and boos from the audience.
James told the producers of the show that on seven occasions he had been judged to be a serious risk of suicide,
• Lyn Gardner's piece about envying people who are seeing a play for the first time (Critic's notebook, 11 November) reminded me of a recent visit to see Jude Law play Hamlet at Wyndham's Theatre. When Gertrude reached to drink from the poisoned cup there was an audible and heartfelt gasp of, "Oh no!" from a large number of audience members. I envied all of them.
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