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Troubled star should have had more care'

PUBLISHED: 13:13 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

EXHAUSTED: Susan Boyle.

EXHAUSTED: Susan Boyle.

A DANCE teacher whose team made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent claims bosses should have done more to protect troubled Susan Boyle.

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A DANCE teacher whose team made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent claims bosses should have done more to protect troubled Susan Boyle.

Louise Carlier, 38, coached dance group Sugar Free - based at Len Goodman's Dance School in Dartford - to a semi-final spot last Thursday.

Although she said the group, from Sidcup, Eltham and Dartford, had the time of their lives competing, she slammed the programme's organisers for not taking better care of the acts.

Mrs Carlier said there were plenty of warning signs over runner-up Susan Boyle's state of mind, who apparently asked if she could "phone her cat" in the qualifiers.

Since the live final, watched by more than 18 million people, Boyle has been admitted to the Priory clinic in north London suffering from "exhaustion".

The favourite came a shock second in the show after dance troupe Diversity took the top spot by getting the most public votes.

Mrs Carlier said: "The organisers could have done a lot more to protect the acts. Warning signs about Susan Boyle were there from the start. She even asked to phone her cat during the qualifiers, that's not normal behaviour."

The dance teacher, who steered Sugar Free to third last June in the World Hip-Hop dance champs in Germany, added: "There was a young boy with a football in the qualifiers who clearly had mental problems and to let him go up on stage on national TV to humiliate himself is a bit sad.

"When you consider the quality of the acts that were available, I think they let him go up just to be laughed at."

She also took a swipe at judge Simon Cowell claiming he had a dig at BBC's Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman, who mentored them, when he criticised the choreography of the routine.

At the final Cowell said: "I thought some of the choreography was a bit lame. My only problem was it didn't feel as though you were involved in the choreography. It kind of felt somebody else older had put it together."

Mrs Carlier said: "That was clearly a dig at Len Goodman and was below the belt considering he couldn't have a dig back, very lame.

"Len hasn't been involved in teaching the girls, but wanted to support them in the audience."

She also claims their dance routine to a Britney Spears' Circus was changed from what they had originally practiced a day before they met the show's choreographer.

Mrs Carlier added: "All the girls have day jobs and lost their daily salary to go up to London only to be told they couldn't be seen because they had no routine for the new music.

"One time they sent us to the wrong dance studio. On another we waited half a day to be interviewed and they were cancelled."

Sugar Free's next big dance routine will be against 6000 other competitors in Blackpool this August for the United Dance Organisation World Championships.

For more information visit: www.sugarfreedance.com.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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