Susan Boyle 'I HATE THIS SHOW' *THROWS VASE IN HOSPITAL*
The chief medical officer at a private clinic where Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle is being assessed after she was admitted for exhaustion has voiced concerns about the level of care provided for contestants on reality television shows.
Chris Thompson, a psychiatrist at the Priory in London, said yesterday that sudden fame such as that experienced by Boyle could destroy self-esteem if the *person was not given adequate support, and he warned that exposing someone to such public attention could be "terribly risky".
"It seems to me a bit like walking out on to a branch and then sawing it off behind you," said Professor Thompson. He added that he believed that production companies had a responsibility to take care of their contestants.
"The fact that Susan Boyle appears to have broken down in some way so close to the end of the series certainly suggests that there is a link.
"I would want to know that people being exposed to such pressures are given proper care."
The 48-year-old had been the clear favourite to win the ITV1 talent show, but was admitted to the Priory in Southgate on Sunday evening after her behaviour had become erratic following her defeat by street dance act Diversity.
Even the prime minister was prompted to express his concern for her health.
Scotland Yard confirmed that on Sunday police had been called at 6pm to a central London hotel where doctors were assessing a woman under the Mental Health Act.
"The woman was taken voluntarily by ambulance to a clinic," a spokeswoman said. "At the request of doctors, police accompanied the ambulance."
However, it emerged last night that Boyle – who has learning difficulties after being starved of oxygen at birth – had not been psychologically tested by producers before she was allowed on to the show, although psychologists were available to contestants who needed them.
The production company, TalkbackThames, said it would now review its policies.
A spokeswoman said: "It is a talent show at the end of the day and people are auditioning on their talent merits. There is no formal psychological testing at the beginning of the show.
"Compared with something like Big Brother, where you are looking at people going into a house for three months, the people on Britain's Got Talent have three or four performances maximum and spend only seven to 10 days in a hotel for the semi-finals and final. It is a very different scenario.
"But because of the level of media attention and the speed with which this has become a global phenomenon, we will be reviewing all of our policies and in relation to psychological assessment."
Boyle's brother, Gerry, played down fears over his sister's health, saying he had spoken to her and she was feeling better. "She's at the Priory talking to people there about how she feels and where she goes from here," he said.
"She sounded a bit happier, she sounded a bit more like herself, but certainly a bit more rested.
"She's been on a tremendous roller-coaster. There's been an enormous amount of media speculation and intense activity. She's not used to that. She's coming to terms with that, now that she's no longer an anonymous face.
"I think what led up to it was the build-up to the show, and just psyching herself up for that, and then wondering after the show, 'Where do I go now?'"
Britain's Got Talent judge Piers *Morgan added: "It is probably a good thing all round that Susan didn't win and can be under the radar for a bit.
"It is not a very serious matter, she is just exhausted and needs some rest."
Gordon Brown said that he had watched Saturday's final and had called Simon Cowell and Morgan to check on Boyle's wellbeing. "I hope Susan Boyle is OK, because she is a really, really nice person and I think she will do well," Brown told GMTV.
The immense pressure put on Boyle, who became a YouTube sensation after her first appearance on the ITV talent show, saw her swear at tabloid journalists who were camped out at her hotel; she also reportedly became upset backstage at the final when her dress was not ready.
The huge international interest in her saw more than 100 journalists and 21 film crews from around the world turn up to the show's final press conference expecting a Boyle win.
"Her going to the Priory was absolutely predictable. On shows like this, when it looks like someone is getting a big groundswell of popularity, they need more than just the programme makers saying psychologists are there," said Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist who has assessed psychometric testing on Big Brother.
Boyle is expected to stay in the Priory for some days before making any decisions on what to do next.
There is reportedly a plan for a US tour and for her to record an album of *Broadway songs with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
She is also due to join the Britain's Got *Talent national arena tour, which begins in *Birmingham on 12 June.
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