The world's favourite nasty judge Simon Cowell is being sued for £2.5 million by a former contestant on Britain's Got Talent, according to British press reports.
Cowell and his TV show are being sued by contestant Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, who claims she was humiliated and degraded on the show in a broadcast in May 2009.
Czikai first lodged her complaint of unfairness and discrimination with a British employment tribunal in January.
The tribunal action emerged in the press following a pretrial review at the central London tribunal court.
Czikai, representing herself, accused the show and its judges of "exploitation, humiliation, degradation and barbarism".
She also claimed the show was guilty of disability discrimination because it had not made adjustments for her, such as lowering the level of backing music and microphone levels.
Czikai said: "This program makes a select number of rich people very, very rich on the backs of the ordinary man and woman in the street through exploitation, humiliation, degradation and a re-emergence of modern-day barbarism with all its inherent cruelty."
OK. Today, lets play You Be The Judge - have a watch of this video. Unfortunately, it's not able to be embedded in the blog-post. There's an interesting exchange between Cowell and Ms Czikai in the judging which starts at around the 3:20 mark. Then ponder these questions:
- was Simon Cowell being rude, or just plain honest?
- what did Ms Czikai expect? Surely, she had seen the programme before?
- was Ms Czikai's 5m13s of fame not enough?
- has the world gone completely barmy?
- would you make Emma Czikai rich?
- when Emma says "people cry when they've heard me sing", do you think she knows why?
And we loved this little verbal joust:
Emma: Simon, this is a really lovely song.
Simon: Emma, it is a beautiful song when you're not singing it. I think I speak on behalf of everyone; you have got a horrible singing voice Emma.
Emma: You don't think it could be that the backing track was a bit too loud?
Simon: Emma, it wasn't loud enough!
This, we reckon, is the best and worst of reality TV - which is why we avoid it like the plague!