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AnonymousTomato Mon 14-Aug-17 20:12:25

Is anyone watching on channel 4?

Cagliostro Mon 14-Aug-17 20:14:32

Ooh is this a new one? If so then yes I will be watching!

Iamtheresurrection Mon 14-Aug-17 20:14:46

I am!

seasidesally Mon 14-Aug-17 20:14:51

i am,was surprised there was no thread running before this one

cricketballs Mon 14-Aug-17 20:14:52

I've just checked for a thread! Whilst I could understand Fabio's mum wanting him to win something to say that just before the break infront of his sister was awful

BertrandRussell Mon 14-Aug-17 20:14:54

No. It's child abuse. Makes me shudder.

noradurst Mon 14-Aug-17 20:19:00

I've just checked for a thread! Whilst I could understand Fabio's mum wanting him to win something to say that just before the break infront of his sister was awful

what did she say?

cricketballs Mon 14-Aug-17 20:24:51

"You've beat your sister" infront of the poor girl

Iamtheresurrection Mon 14-Aug-17 20:28:02

Oscar's mum is in intensive care and he's still at the competition! That's wrong, he's clearly upset.

cricketballs Mon 14-Aug-17 20:28:58

I saw it from the point of view that it was Oscar's decision

Hulababy Mon 14-Aug-17 20:30:11

Also felt sorry for Olivia.

And now this poor boy, Oscar - surely the right thing would have to held off and seen if he could get to enter next year instead, whilst mum is in ITU. It cant be helping him at all - all the pressure of the competition, stresses of mu being ill and also the wanting to do well 'for her.'

There are so may words on this I don't think I've ever heard before, let alone had to spell! Never seen this programme before.

seasidesally Mon 14-Aug-17 20:31:23

maybe he wanted to be there,his dad dosent seem pushy like some parents there and maybe he felt he would of been better there

if he was made then thats wrong but if he freely choose to then i dont see a problem

Hulababy Mon 14-Aug-17 20:33:56

cricketballs - but sometimes wouldn't it be better for an adult to make the decision for the child

2rebecca Mon 14-Aug-17 20:37:38

I hate the pushy parents who seem to be seeking proxy glory through their kids like Tyler

Sittinginthesun Mon 14-Aug-17 20:40:00

Have they said who the contestants are? I know someone who was applying, so wondering if they did get through.

Hulababy Mon 14-Aug-17 20:40:22

That mother!!! "I don't want her to win." The favouritism for her youngest child is so clear and vocal!

MrsC2000 Mon 14-Aug-17 20:41:25

Never watched this before but have got it on now. Really don't like how pushy they are

Clawdeen Mon 14-Aug-17 20:43:10

I was shock by Tyler's mum saying he'd lose his iPad for a day if he left a blank space in his practice test!

EmmaJR1 Mon 14-Aug-17 20:43:12

"I've just checked for a thread! Whilst I could understand Fabio's mum wanting him to win something to say that just before the break infront of his sister was awful"

Yes! She's a demon, awful women! I feel so bad for them!
TBH not many of the parents are any better!!!

AnonymousTomato Mon 14-Aug-17 20:44:42

There's a clear division between self motivated children and pushy parents

cricketballs Mon 14-Aug-17 20:49:16

cricketballs - but sometimes wouldn't it be better for an adult to make the decision for the child and given the background video maybe allowing him to continue was the best thing for him

Davros Mon 14-Aug-17 21:59:04

What excuse did that woman give for favouring the younger brother? shock

BreconBeBuggered Tue 15-Aug-17 00:48:18

I think her 'logic' was that his big sister was getting too used to winning everything and she wanted her baby boy to shine.

user7841794168 Tue 15-Aug-17 12:51:10

It's tantamount to child abuse isn't it? I'm watching the first one now am am shocked but not surprised about Olivia and Fabio's mother. She's horrible.

2rebecca Tue 15-Aug-17 13:01:55

I moan about it every year but still watch it, mainly hoping the self motivated obviously bright kids will triumph over the "mummy's little genius" types.
I can't see that the sort of intelligence tested for in this programme will correlate with success in the world of work and research though. You have spellcheck for complex spellings and calculators for doing rapid basic sums.
I'd rather have knowing the meaning of words and problem solving exercises.

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