The always-doomed-to-end-in-tears idea of allowing a six year-old kid to compete for a "million-pound" record contract has, erm, ended in tears as Simon Cowell dumps that six year old kid who did Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Connie Talbot's parents tell the Sunday People how, you know, they know these things happen and nobody wants to cause a fuss but LOOK AT THE SOBBING CHILD WHO NOW THINKS SIMON COWELL HATES HER.
Meanwhile, Cowell tries to shift the blame to Sony BMG:
"When the time is right I will be delighted to see if we can make it work.
"My views on Connie are still exactly the same. She's an amazing little girl with a beautiful voice."
The record company, instead, blame Connie for not being old enough:
"However the decision not to proceed was made with the best intentions for Connie, taking into consideration her age and that it would not be right to do so at this time."
All of which raises the question: wouldn't they time for tellign Talbot she was too young to embark on a showbiz career be before parading her on television, and not after? Is it fair to make a kid go through all that on the promise of a showbiz career that she's considered too young for?
That would seem to be a question for ITV and the producer of the show... Simon Cowell, wasn't it?