A documentary looking behind the scenes of boys who ballroom dance had viewers blasting the ‘pushy parents’ featured.
Mason Bevan, 10, Morgan Kelly, 11, and twins Declan and Shay, 12, at the time of filming, all starred in the Channel 4 programme, along with their mothers who were the driving force behind their son’s hobbies.
But despite the children, all being keen on taking part in the sport and dancing seven days a week, some viewers were not impressed with their parents’ attitude.
Others slammed the parents for plastering their children in make-up after a particular scene sees Josie – the mother of twins Declan and Shay – put mascara on them.
Mason Bevan, 10, centre and twins Declan and Shay all starred in the Channel 4 programme, along with their mothers who were the driving force behind their son’s hobbies – but viewers have hit out at the ‘pushy parents’
The boys are caked in make-up to take part in competitions; they have mascara, bronzer and shine spray to help them look better
The twins have spray tans to make them look less pale but in the end it gets swapped out for wash-off tan after they complain it is too sticky
Declan and Shay with their mum Josie, who says she is training her sons to be ‘future husbands’
Viewers were not impressed with the mothers in the documentary who supported their son’s dancing hobby
Josie revealed that her main goal is to prepare her sons to become better men: ‘I’ve never met a woman who wants her husband to be able to lead her in dancing. They’re my babies, but ultimately I’m training them to be future husbands.’
‘Bullying, pushy mothers, spray tans, mascara… I don’t know how these boys cope so admirably. Just amazing,’ said one viewer.
‘Not liking any of these pushy parents… Poor boys!’ added another.
While others complained that the mothers were not promoting a healthy attitude for the future: ‘This programme is making me so angry. I’m all for boys dancing but…’
Josie applies mascara on her son during one competition but her son isn’t pleased about it at tells her he doesn’t want it
He snaps back ‘you can’t force me’ but Josie insists that the mascara will make him look better when dancing
(L-R) Declan with his partner Elizabeth, Mason, and Shay with Charlotte. The youngsters are all competing to be the best ballroom boy
The programme caused concern with those watching and took to social media to offer their sympathies
Mason is currently the reigning number one boy in Wales and his mother, Marsha, is hoping he can keep the title in the UK dance championships.
Another competitor in the show is Morgan Kelly, who is ranked number two in Wales and is Mason’s competition, but he admits that he gets bullied for being a dancer: ‘They call me gay because I put so much make-up on,’ he proclaimed.
His mother, shopworker Jayne, shells out £100-a-week for his dancing hobby, explaining that she doesn’t mind the cost.
‘It is expensive… You see some of [the other mothers] out there and they are glam and all dressed up. I don’t have none of that because what I do have goes on Morgan to do what he does.’
Morgan, who also suffers from asthma, has his own make-up bag full of products from shine spray to mascara and bronzer to make himself look ‘less pale like I normally do’.
Mason beats Morgan to claim the title again, and it’s revealed that Morgan decided to give up dancing for boxing, leaving his partner looking for a replacement and his mother devastated.
‘I cried for two weeks, I cried and cried. I was heartbroken,’ she said.