Britain’s Got Talent child star Hollie Steel almost unrecognisable 10 years on

Former Britain’s Got Talent child star Hollie Steel is almost unrecognisable 10 years on from her adorable appearance on the show.

The singer, who has ditched her natural brunette locks for a blonde hairdo, was just 10 years old when she impressed the judges, including Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, with her vocals during her audition.

But Hollie broke the hearts of the nation when she made it through to the live semi-finals, and broke down on stage.

Live on air, halfway through her performance, the youngster suddenly stopped singing and burst into tears.

After forgetting the words to the song she was singing, she then asked hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly if she could sing again.

But they were told no because of the strict TV scheduling, leaving her devastated – only for Simon to save the day.

He said no matter what, he would find time somewhere for her to sing again, which she did.

Now, 10 years later, the singer is still performing, while she’s not been confirmed to be taking part in the new series of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Speaking about her time on BGT, Hollie explained what led to her forgetting her lyrics and crying her eyes out on stage.

She told host Christine Lampard: “Before I went on to do it… I didn’t have my mum backstage and it was a bit like, this is new to me, it was live as well which was new to me.

“Before I went on someone said, '50 million people are watching so don’t mess it up’. As a 10 year old I was like okay, and walked out by myself like, ‘Oh no…’.”

On Simon finding the time for her to sing again, she added: “I’m so thankful he did [make that happen], if he didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be singing now.

“I’m still singing, it’s my passion, so thank you Simon! It’s never happened before, how crazy is that, I pushed back the Ten O’Clock News.”

Lorraine airs weekdays at 8:30am on ITV.

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