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Talent hopeful denied tribunal

A former Britain's Got Talent hopeful who blamed health problems for her poor audition has failed in her bid to take her case against Simon Cowell to a tribunal.

Emma Czikai, who wanted to sue Simon and his hit show for discrimination, has argued the talent judge should not have allowed her audition to be broadcast after she told him of her difficulties.

But she was denied permission to bring a tribunal against Fremantle Media and Simon's television company Simco.

The decision was made following a pre-hearing review in central London and was based on the amount of time that had lapsed since the incident and the fact that Simon was not her employer, she said.

The 54-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, has claimed she suffered discrimination because of her disabilities because Fremantle Media and Simco did not do enough to support her.

But she was not disappointed with Thursday's decision, she said, as she had grown "sick of the whole thing".

She said: "My life has changed so markedly, now all I want to do is just forget about everything. I would rather walk away from it. I've done as much as I can to bring it to the public's attention."

Miss Czikai said she suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition which causes painful swelling all over the body and extreme tiredness, as well as spondylosis in her neck. She lost a lot of weight after her mother's death in 2006 and was recovering from an operation to remove excess skin from her arms when she went before the show's judges in January last year.

Miss Czikai said her arms were painful and swollen and she struggled to hold the microphone close to her mouth.

She has said she holds Simon personally responsible for her public humiliation.

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