'Simon Cowell shatters dreams' 13-year-old reveals she was dropped from Britain's Got Talent the night before she was due to appear
00:56 GMT, 30 March 2012
He's known for his brutal honesty on all of his television programmes.
But it's rare for anyone who has suffered the tougher side of his to come forward and tell their story.
But 13-year-old harpist Hero Melia has done just that- coming forward with her heartbreaking tale of how she was unceremoniously dropped from Britain's Got Talent- having been told she was through to the next round.
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Dreams shattered: 13-year-old Harpist Hero Melia, pictured performing in 2010, has described how she found out she had been dropped from Britain's Got Talent the night before she was due to reappear
In a very personal blog post written for the Guardian, Hero described how full of hope, she auditioned for the show in October last year.
Touchingly, Hero starts: 'I have always loved Simon Cowell for his honesty – the way he tells people straight whether they are good or bad.'
Sadly, her experience with the judge failed to live up to expectations, and she tells how while the other panelists listened attentively, Simon Cowell yawned his way through her performance.
Inconsiderate: Hero says Simon yawned though her entire audition
Naturally, this only made the daunting task of playing for nearly 2000 people still harder.
Hero says that Alesha was teary-eyed when she finished, while David Walliams and Amanda Holden both agreed that she had been 'amazing.'
Sadly, Simon deemed the harp 'old-fashioned' and gave Hero a 'no'- even though all the other judges had put her through to the next round.
Said no: Simon though the harp was too old-fashioned for the show
She says: 'I came off stage wanting to
cry but I had got three yesses, so had to leap up and down acting happy
in front of the cameras with Ant and Dec congratulating me on being
through to the next round. '
he child then spent half of her next school term excitedly preparing for her next appearance on the show.
her story was to have a disappointing ending, as she finishes: 'The
night before I was due back on BGT, the phone rang: I had been dropped.'
Disappointment: Hero had admired Simon's honesty before her experience
'Cowell shatters dreams and yet I so wanted to impress him.'
Hero has previously proven her worth by wowing viewers on Sky1's Must Be The Music in 2010.
The then 11- year-old musician performed in Wembley after reaching the show's semi-final.