Children have as much right as adults to live their dream

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I’ll be glued to my television set this weekend for the final of Britain’s Got Talent. How old-fashioned!

With so much choice today, it’s still nice to know that families all over the UK will be doing the same thing, sharing the same experiences.

The days of 24 million watching Morecambe & Wise are long gone, but eight million is very creditable for BGT.

For me, this is the show Simon Cowell will be remembered for. In this country, we love light entertainment and variety.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Opportunity Knocks gave us the likes of Les Dawson, Paul Daniels, Freddie Starr, Bonnie Langford and even Pam Ayres.

Today, the same format has discovered Susan Boyle, Pudsey the dog and Diversity.

You never know what you’re going to get watching the programme. Did you expect Jack Carroll, the 14-year-old lad with cerebral palsy, to be so funny?

I so want him to win. But is this child exploitation?

Sir Bruce Forsyth believes so, but I disagree.

Children have as much right to live a dream and to entertain as adults. I’ve certainly not seen any child perform against their will.

Yes, losing is hard to take, especially when you’re young. But that’s life. Losing will make you stronger.

Sir Bruce made his TV debut in 1939 as an 11-year-old. It didn’t seem to do him any harm.

So the show of the people reaches its climax this weekend.

Dance groups, magicians, singers, performing dogs, this show really has it all and I hope it remains as a staple of entertainment in this country for years to come.

Sadly, X Factor has become all about the money these days, and The Voice really shows the BBC cannot compete with ITV when it comes to glitz, glamour and reality.

Yes, we all love watching minor celebrities and retired sportsmen on Strictly Come Dancing, but Britain’s Got Talent is the master of all talent shows.

Anything is possible and anyone with a talent to entertain, no matter what that talent is, can win.

Long may it continue.