Hollie Steel took part in season three of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 where she wowed judges and viewers with her impressive Opera singing voice – but now she claims she was set up by producers
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Former Britain’s Got Talent singer Hollie Steel has slammed the show, suggesting it’s resolved and she was stripped of the chance to win the series when she was a contestant.
The now 23-year-old opera singer stunned the judges and viewers in 2009 when she took the stage when she was just 10 years old and performed a rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera.
Despite going down in BGT history as one of the most memorable contestants ever, the singer claims she was set up to fail by show bosses who dictated what she could and couldn’t sing.
Hollie has made her sensational claims that the entire show has dissolved in a video that has gone viral on TikTok where she describes what she claims happened when she appeared on the show all those years ago.
Thinking back to her audition, Hollie claims the Phantom of the Opera song millions of viewers saw her sing “wasn’t a song I’d ever heard of.”
She claimed: “I wanted to sing Nessun Dorma [by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini]like a huge opera number, like BAM, I’m here.”
She continued: “I knew I could sing, I said I knew I was strong enough and she [producers] said no.
“They said ‘no, you can’t sing that’ and the only reason I think they said no – because I sure could sing it – was that they didn’t want me to win.”
She also claimed she didn’t win the show: “wasn’t Britain’s Got Talent’s fault, they’re not fixing it, but the song choices are fixed”.
Hollie made it to the live week of the final herself, but collapsed onstage singing Eidelweiss from The Sound of Music during the semifinal episode.
And she eventually lost the match to Diversity — who triumphed that year — and saw Susan Boyle claim the silver prize.
Hollie has nevertheless managed to enjoy relative success off the reality show stage – releasing her debut solo album in 2010.
She released a celebratory album titled Hooray for Christmas in 2011, and in 2012 she released a third album titled Children on the Titanic.
While her most recent single was Patched & Sewn which was released in 2016.
Hollie has also taken the stage, playing Louisa von Trapp in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Sound of Music in 2011 – and she last performed on a Caribbean cruise ship in 2019.
Other contestants who took part in the iconic 2009 season of BGT included father-son duo Stavros Flatley, Michael Jackson superfan and singer Shaheen Jafargholi, and dancer Aidan Davies.
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