Simon Cowell admitted his son Eric wasn’t happy with him (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Simon Cowell might be the man behind Britain’s Got Talent, but even he’s not immune to criticism, especially from his eight-year-old son.

The judge admitted on this week’s grand final that little Eric had given him an ‘earful’ after popular act Amber & The Dancing Collies was eliminated from the show.

Luckily for Eric, Amber and (one of) the collies, Nymeria, were brought back as a wildcard to compete in the final.

Their Grease-themed routine only featured one dog this time after Simon said that their semi-final performance with two dogs was too much.

Speaking after the performance, Simon, 62, said: ‘I got an earful from my son Eric the other night saying, “Why didn’t the dogs make it through?”

‘And I said because “They weren’t as good.”‘

Simon had been disappointed that Amber and the pups hadn’t performed as well as in their first audition, but said that their final performance reminded him of that ‘magical’ moment.

‘You could actually win,’ he told her, with the other judges also raving about the performance.

Alesha Dixon described the dog as ‘next level’ and said that future canine acts will have to now meet their standard.

Amber performed a swashbuckling pirate-themed routine with her two dogs on Tuesday’s semi-final, but initially lost out on a place in the final to music duo and judge Alesha’s Golden Buzzer act Flintz & T4ylor and impressionist Ben Nickless, coming in third.

Simon and Lauren welcomed Eric in 2014 (Picture: FilmMagic)

Simon’s not immune to criticism (Picture: ITV/Britain’s Got Talent)

Late on Saturday night, the Britain’s Got Talent official Twitter account revealed Amber to be the 2022 BGT wildcard that the judges had decided on, alongside her adorable four-legged pals.

When they auditioned, judge Amanda Holden dubbed them the ‘best dog act ever’, while known dog enthusiast Simon Cowell harked back to previous series winners Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Simon and his fiancee Lauren Silverman welcomed their son Eric in 2014.

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Presenter Ant McPartlin previously said he believes Eric ‘changed’ Simon’s outlook on the show.

‘Everything he sees that he would normally have buzzed off in years gone by, now he’s like, “My son would love that.” So, he tends to put them through.’

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