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Simon Cowell apologises to performer after scathing comments about magic act make a girl cry

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell apologised to a young girl during tonight's last semi-final after he made her cry.

The music mogul, who is normally not afraid to give incredibly harsh critiques to artists on the show, regretted his comments on this occasion when he realised one of the young members of Matrick's Illusion had been left in tears.

Simon was unimpressed by the performer's latest act, and didn't hesitate to call it "not magical enough".

The group's disappearing act was dedicated to Simon, as versions of him were used on-stage in the live semi-final.

At one point, a cardboard cutout of the judge was even produced in a quick move from the act.

But Simon was underwhelmed, as he slammed his buzzer and explained: "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," he added.

Later on in the show, the judge made an uncharacteristic move when he revisited his earlier comments.

Before sharing his praise for the performers from iconic band Welsh of the West End, Simon began: "By the way, I have to say something.

"You know going back to the very first act, I didn't realise I'd really upset someone.

"I just need to apologise to her, a girl called Lamala, and I feel really awful.

"I now hate myself," the judge admitted.

"Anyway, got that out of the way, back to you," he told the choir.

The rest of the judges, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, were all surprised their co-panellist was showing remorse, especially because he interrupted another singing act.

While Simon was bowled over by Welsh of the West End's performance, Alesha admitted she'd been disappointed by the act, expecting much more after their impeccable first audition, which saw the group performing From Now On from The Greatest Showman.

Britain's Got Talent's live final airs Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

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