as the mother of a young son with aspergers who has the added problem of a learning difficulty, i was devestated to watch that grown man being exposed in such a way. your team spend time to make sure finalists are well balanced and ready for the task ahead, but your very own drawn out, selection process allows this man to be laughed at not only by the whole country, but by people he respects, people who now it would seem, would allow this man to become the butt of their jokes to be laughed at to his face, and god knowes he didnt even realise what they were laughing at. i have a son who is aspergers and wants to be on x factor, and he can sing after a fashion, but i tell him all the time, no son, ur not good enough for that type of challange.
he is my son and i have to be that tough on him. i dread the time i am not around to protect him when he grows to be a man, and tv production companys can use people with this disability, as good tv fodder. you did not need to do this, it was sickening and even you are not familer with asprgers syndrom, it was easy for any one to see this man had special needs. you may have been polite in the end, but you allowed this to happen and laughed at him. shame on you all. it was cheap and unnessary. to simon cowell. louie walse. danie minouge. and cheryl cole, who should not have let this one slide. shame on you all. breege patton. daniel s mummy.