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TV Pushed too far? Nine-year-old boy breaks down on stage during Britain's Got Talent

14:00 Tue May 1 2012
A schoolboy was overcome with nerves during an audition on Britain's Got Talent, bursting into in tears midway through his performance. See if you can watch the clip above without shedding a tear too!

Nine-year-old Malaki Paul was only seconds into a moving rendition of Beyonce's 'Listen' when he doubled over and started crying on the stage.

His mum rushed out to comfort him, as did judge Alesha Dixon, who asked the sobbing boy, "Are you alright sweetheart? You did so good. What do you want to do?"

Eventually Malaki dried his tears and said he wanted to finish the song — which he did, brilliantly.

But the incident has drawn criticism from viewers concerned that the pressure of performing on TV is too much for young children.

Malaki's mum has also copped criticism for "pushing" him too far, but she says it was Malaki's choice to go on the show.

"Obviously as his mum I felt very emotional watching him cry but I knew it was nothing more than a bit of stage fright and nerves as he had never performed in front of that many people before," Toni Ann Paul told ITV.

Asked if she regrets letting her son sing, she answered, "No, not at all. It's something he's always wanted to do. He auditioned for Britain's Got Talent two years ago and didn't get through to see the judges, so ever since then he's been saying, 'Mummy I want to go back', so I just supported him all the way."

Malaki later said, "I wasn't that nervous until I got to the side of the stage. I don't know why I got nervous as there was a good crowd there and they were all clapping and cheering for me. The judges were really nice to me too."

He added that he's been practicing singing in front of large groups of people so that his nerves won't be as bad when he competes in the next round of the competition.

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