Charlie's songwriter receives hate mail

Worcester News: Cedric Whitehouse has had hate mail after the song he wrote was sung by Charlie Green  and slated by Simon Cowell. Picture: John Anyon. 22412201 Cedric Whitehouse has had hate mail after the song he wrote was sung by Charlie Green and slated by Simon Cowell. Picture: John Anyon. 22412201

THE man who wrote a song for schoolboy Charlie Green to sing on the Britain's Got Talent TV show has been sent hate mail since he failed to win a place in the final.

Eleven-year-old Charlie previously wowed the show's judges with his performance of Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra.

However, on Wednesday he failed to get a place in Saturday's final after all three celebrity judges - Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan - criticised his decision to sing a song written by family friend Cedric Whitehouse called All I Wanna Do Is Sing.

Mr Whitehouse, who runs his music and audio production company from a studio near Droitwich, has worked with some of the world's leading performers including Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers, Don McLean, Chaka Khan, and Ruby Turner.

But on Wednesday TV's Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell, said he had never heard of him and told Charlie: " I think you have potential, but the song was absolutely dreadful. I would never give a singer like you a song like that."

Since the show Mr Whitehouse said he had received a number of malicious emails from people telling him he had ruined Charlie's career.

"I have worked with him for over a year and we have made some wonderful music, so what they say is rubbish," said Mr Whitehouse.

"The music business is a very tough place to be and Charlie handled it very well and I think he will go far."

Mr Whitehouse revealed that the production company wanted Charlie to sing the Dean Martin classic Ain't That A Kick In The Head.

But he defended the song Charlie sang. "I watched it again on TV and I thought it was a terrific performance," he said. "We never thought it was a song contest, we thought it was about talent, which Charlie has lots of."

Charlie's dad, Roger Green, said he had thought long and hard' before choosing the song. "We thought we were doing the right thing by showcasing all his talents in this way," he said. "But obviously the judges didn't see it that way. "I can't fault Charlie's performance in any way but we were disappointed that he didn't get through."

The family appeared on the ITV programme This Morning yesterday and are in talks with a TV company about appearing in other shows.

But they deny claims in a national newspaper that Charlie had been snapped up by Simon Cowell and record company Sony BMG.

"It would be nice to think he is the next big talent," said Mr Rogers. "That is the first I have heard about it." said Mr Green, who added that he hoped, if Charlie was to record an album, it would not just be covers.

Charlie said he was pleased with his performance but disappointed he had not reached the finals. "It was really fun performing on stage and it was a bit difficult not going through. But I was pleased with my performance and I am looking forward to the future," he added.

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