Amanda Holden sparks Twitter backlash after comparing Britain's Got Talent performance to D-Day landings
Ms Holden referenced the 70th anniversary of the invasion while commenting on Paddy Jones' salsa dance
Amanda Holden has received a dressing-down from Twitter users after she compared Britain’s Got Talent finalist, 79-year-old salsa-dancing Sarah "Paddy" Jones, to soldiers fighting on D-Day.
Asked to comment on the so-called dancing granny’s performance during Saturday's live final, Holden, 43, said she admired Ms Jones' "tenacity and heroism”, comparing it to the bravery of men who fought in the Second World War on the day that changed history.
"We've celebrated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings this week, and the tenacity and heroism of the older generation in Great Britain is phenomenal. What you achieved on stage is second to none," she said.
Her rather ill-judged remarks came just one day after more than 650 ex-servicemen joined world leaders on the sands of Normandy to commemorate the largest seaborne invasion of all time.
And on Twitter, users were vocal in their criticism, questioning how the presenter could draw a comparison between dancing and combat.
Was it just me, or earlier on did Amanda Holden really compare an act on a talent show to the soldiers of the D Day landings? How crass.; Johnny Gallagher (@Johnny_G2012) June 7, 2014
Also Amanda Holden equating D-Day and a talent show.. That's a tad far fetched! #BGTfinal— felicitykatee (@fizzbeewee) June 7, 2014
@Amanda_Holden hiw can you compare them to the d day landings. They danced that's all. Those soldiers died so we can be free. No comparison— Dave Wareham (@dave_wareham) June 7, 2014
Waiting for Amanda Holden to claim that Little Mix’s “Salute” is the centrepiece of the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations #BGT— Scott Matthewman (@scottm) June 7, 2014
@Amanda_Holden So Amanda...... The D-Day landings and an OAP ballroom dancer are comparible are they?; Adam Piper (@Saddampiper) June 7, 2014
Ms Jones, along with her partner Nico, came ninth in the talent competition, after performing a routine to a modern version of the Tito Rodriguez classic Mama Guela.
Operatic boy band Collabro were crowned the winner, with opera singer Lucy Kay the runner-up and teenage rap duo Bars and Melody in third place.
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