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PUBLISHED: 17:31 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

Susan Boyle

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. Louise Carlier, 38, coached dance group Sugar Free - based at Len Goodman s Dance School in Dartford - to a

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, with members from Higham and Dartford, had a great time 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 favourite Susan Boyle (pictured left) who was beaten by dance group Diversity, has been admitted to the Priory clinic for "exhaustion".

She 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 3rd 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 saying he was "out of order" for having a dig at BBC's Strictly head judge, Len Goodman, on live TV, adding: "My girls danced the best they could on the night. For Simon to say he thought they had danced like they had been taught by an 'old man' was really out of order."

Sugar Free's next big dance routine will be against 6,000 other competitors in Blackpool this August for the United Dance Organisation World Championships.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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