Humiliated ‘Talent’ Contestant Sues Simon Cowell

by | July 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM | TV News

Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent' (Photo: ITV)

Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent' (Photo: ITV)

Simon Cowell’s frank demeanor and often sharp commentary helped make ‘American Idol‘ a ratings winner, but that money-earning behavior has landed the British personality in some legal trouble, according to the Guardian.

Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, a former contestant on Cowell’s other program, ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ has brought a £2.5 million ($3.8 million) complaint against the reality television judge, claiming she endured humiliation and was degraded on the ITV series.

“This program makes a select number of rich people very very rich on the backs of the ordinary man and woman in the street through exploitation, humiliation, degradation and a reemergence of modern-day barbarism,” Czikai claims.

Seems the onetime hopeful contestant wasn’t too thrilled when her rendition of “You Raise Me Up” got ridiculed by Cowell and fellow ‘Talent’ judge Piers Morgan.

Czikai, 54, is chalking her lame performance up to spinal pain and thinks she deserves payment for having her feelings hurt. Should she actually get any money out of the proceedings — a pre-trial review is now underway — she promises to give it to charity.