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Simon Cowell has apologised after a young Britain’s Got Talent contestant cried at his critique.
The show's head judge expressed his regret to a group of performers he slammed during their Britain’s Got Talent semi-final televised on Friday.
The Daily Mail reports Simon pressed his buzzer - which is used to reject an act - during magic group Matricks Illusion's performance.
He initially told the group, “I buzzed because I didn’t feel it was magical enough. There was a lot of chaos, and whereas I like these big magic acts compared to cards, we had a magician on a few days ago who I thought was so much better.
“I didn’t think this… this lacked, I don’t know, star power for me.”
During Simon’s speech, an older group member could be seen comforting young group member Lamala as she began to cry.
Later in the show, Simon addressed the incident, saying: “I’d like to say something, you know, going back to the very first act, I didn’t realise I’d really upset someone. I just apologised to her, called Lamala, and I feel really awful, I now hate myself.”
On the group’s Instagram Stories they reposted magician Richard Jones’s image of their performance with the caption, “How did Matricks Illusion not get through? They put on an incredible show.”