- Associated Press - Thursday, July 22, 2010

LONDON (AP) - A woman who was rejected from the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” is trying to sue the program’s host Simon Cowell for publicly humiliating her.

Emma Czikai says Cowell was responsible for broadcasting her audition clip, despite her writing to him explaining that health problems had affected her performance.

The 54-year-old said Thursday at a pre-hearing review in London that she brought the case to retain her “self-respect and dignity.” The review will determine if a full employment tribunal can go ahead.

She says her performance of Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up” last year was affected by an ailment that caused painful swelling all over the body.

The Sun newspaper reported that Czikai is seeking 2.5 million pounds ($3.8 million) in the lawsuit.