Simon Cowell has hit back at criticism of Britain's Got Talent from Strictly Come Dancing's Bruce Forsyth.

In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday, Forsyth said: "I don't think they should put children on that are too young. If you're going to do that, have a separate show. Have a children's show, British Children Have Talent.

"To put little children through that kind of an ordeal, I think that is wrong. I think it was last year some poor little girl of about 11 was crying her eyes out on there. I don't think that's entertainment."

However on the first live semi-final show last night, Cowell responded to the comments after young singer Arisxandra and act Youth Creation performed.

He put the following question to Youth Creation: "I just need a yes or a no. Somebody grumpy recently said we shouldn't have kids your age on the show. Is it a yes or no, should you be here?"

When the kids screamed "yes", he added: "That's what I think as well Mr Grumpy."

He added: "If you've got it, you've got it, who cares how old you are?"

"It was one of the best performances of the night and I'd like to dedicate this one to Bruce."