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Beau Dermott 'cheat' row dismissed by Britain's Got Talent bosses

Chester schoolgirl was accused by the Daily Star of 'hiding' her training from viewers

Beau Dermott was sent straight through to the semi-finals after wowing judges(Image: Syco/Thames TV/PA Wire )

Claims that a Chester schoolgirl ‘cheated’ the public when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent have been dismissed by a spokesman for the hit ITV show.

Beau Dermott, a Year 7 music student at The Hammond School in Chester, sailed straight into the semi-finals on Saturday following her brilliant rendition of the song Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

Beau’s performance won over the judges and impressed millions watching at home on television.

But today (Tuesday, April 12), the 12-year-old was the focus of a page one story in the Daily Star under the headline “BGT NEW ‘CHEAT’ STORM”.

Beau Dermott won Halton's Got Talent 2015

The Star say Beau was ‘hiding’ the fact she has attended stage school from the show’s judges and viewers, preferring to give the impression she was a nervous novice singer.

The newspaper reveals that Beau – who is from Widnes – has had singing lessons once a month for the past four years with the Warrington-based academy StagePro, while she is also a former winner of Halton’s Got Talent and Warrington’s Got Talent.

But the Star’s story drew a strong response from Britain’s Got Talent.

A spokesman for the show said: “This story is ridiculous. Beau had singing lessons once a month for the past four years at Stage Pro Academy. Just because she has had singing lessons, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t get nervous when performing as was stated on the show.

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“Adele, who is the biggest selling artist in the world, suffers from nerves when performing, so it’s not surprising to think that Beau would as well, especially given that she is a 12-year-old schoolgirl.”

Beau's success came as no surprise to teachers at her school in Chester. In December, she was chosen to The Hammond’s annual carol concert in Chester Cathedral, singing Once in Royal David’s City.

When contacted by The Chronicle about the Daily Star story, Julia Edwards of The Hammond School said: “All I can do is reiterate that Beau has been a music student at The Hammond since September 2015 and that we are certainly not a ‘stage school’ but instead offer a high standard in education, in addition to constructive training designed to nurture and develop each individual student’s talent.

“Beau is a gifted, and hard working, young performer and The Hammond is proud to count her amongst our talented students.”

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