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Britain's Got Talent: You've got the Talent for TV, Cowell tells Ninja star JJ McParland

By Nevin Farrell

Published 01/06/2015

A nine-year-old ninja from Northern Ireland has a bright future in front of her as a television star, according to Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell.

The karate kid from Keady - Jesse Jane McParland - had been knocked out of the TV talent show on Friday night, but was given a wild card by the public to perform in last night's final.

Sadly, despite her energetic high-kicking, sword-wielding martial arts routine, the pony-tailed protege was beaten to the title by Jules O'Dwyer and her performing dog Matisse.

Afterwards 'JJ' as she is known tweeted she was delighted to have come eighth out of the 40,000 acts that auditioned.

"Not one bit disappointed - thank you to all my supporters," she wrote.

"Watch this space everyone! This is not the last you have seen of me! Thanks for all your support."

Cowell predicted JJ could rise to become a small screen star.

"Things have moved on a lot from My Little Pony haven't they?" he joked after JJ saw off several other ninjas in her performance. "Loved it," he added.

The other judges were also impressed. Alesha Dixon said: "You are incredible, I loved the production on that. I am so glad the public brought you back as the wild card - well deserved, well done."

Amanda Holden said: "You were absolutely fantastic. I loved the element of gymnastics, the whole sort of video game thing, it was fantastic. You did fabulously well for Ireland."

And David Walliams said: "It was a fantastic performance, so glad you have come back. You did brilliantly tonight you should be very, very proud of yourself."

After her performance Jesse Jane - who met One Direction stars backstage - explained how she had reacted when she first heard that the public had given her a wild card.

"I was so excited that I jumped up and down and hit my head off the bed!" she said. The samurai sword-wielding wonderkid who attends Our Lady's and St Mochua's Primary School, Derrynoose, attracted support from throughout the UK.

Meanwhile, O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse take home £250,000 and earn a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance. O'Dwyer thanked everyone who had voted, and joked about the Royal Variety Performance saying: "I'm going to have to buy a corgi."

The other two top acts were choir Cor Glanaethwy and magician Jamie Raven. Raven landed in second place after wowing the judges by making a bank note signed by Dixon appear in the middle of a lemon.

TV hosts Ant and Dec said the show received four-and-a-half million votes.

Belfast Telegraph

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