Some are criticizing "America's Got Talent" producers for making a 10-year-old girl stand on stage for 30 minutes before announcing she lost the talent competition (video below).
On Sept. 20, the "traumatized" 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale had to stand alongside 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne, the Daily Mail reports.
Both contestants looked equally distressed.
At one point, Angelica was seemingly so stressed by the tension, she burst into tears. It was a moment producers chose to zoom in on.
But when Darci was declared the winner, Angelica stopped crying, perhaps relieved a decision had been made.
Later, it was announced Angelica would be joining Darci for two dates at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
"Couldn't be any happier!" Angelica, who had also performed with singer Kelly Clarkson during the live finale earlier, tweeted that night. "What an incredible journey & thx to [AGT] & America for having me along until the very end!"
While Angelica seemed happy, others were not.
"Felt badly for both girls; they looked traumatized up there on stage," wrote one woman on Twitter.
"I am a huge fan of AGT, yet even I had issues with the way last night was handled," said a second person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "Someone should have been on the stage with her as soon as possible. For a very brief moment she stood there alone crying while all the attention was on the winner. Eventually I saw Simon [Cowell] come to comfort her."
"They should have allowed a parent to stand next to them. they were obviously under huge stress," added another.
Some defended the show's producers.
"Well," wrote one. "The parents and the kid agreed to this!!"
"Oh boo hoo so she went through some harmless tension,would have been the same no matter where she was standing," commented another. "The runner up has a very bright future ahead of her with ups and downs along the way.this will only make her stronger.A lot of worse things to have to worry about growing up."
Sources: Daily Mail, Mary Ellen Leisering/Twitter / Featured Image: Lestat (Jan Mehlich)/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: NBC via Daily Mail, Alison Martin/SimonCowellOnline.com/Wikimedia Commons