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End of the line for CountryVive in Britain's Got Talent semis

By Joanne Sweeney

They knee-tapped and foot-stomped their hearts out on Britain’s Got Talent - but for CountryVive it was the last dance.

The hope that the three Northern Ireland members of the line dance act would make the final ended last night as the act lost out to stiff competition in BGT’s first live semi-final.

Frontman Shane McKeever from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, Laura Carville from Armagh city, and Fred Whitehouse from Stewartstown, Co Tyrone, are part of the act made up of 18 dancers aged 18-35 from across the UK.

Shane began line-dancing at the age of six, being inspired by his father, uncle and grandmother.

CountryVive opened up the first live semi-final of BGT — much to the delight of judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon — with an energetic country song that segued into the Kesha and Pitbull hit Timber.

Shane and another dancer even performed a signature move perfected by Diversity, a previous BGT winner, to wow the judges.

But head judge Simon Cowell was less than impressed and told the troupe that it would be lucky to get through to the final with their performance.

Despite judge David Walliams telling CountryVive that it was just what the show needed, the yeehaws were short-lived.

The dancers met on the competition circuit and decided to form the group five years ago. CountryVive was one of two acts with Northern Ireland connections to have made it through to the live semis.

Innova Irish dance group from Portstewart, Co Antrim, will be competing later this week. The dancers hope to develop traditional Irish dancing by putting a contemporary spin on it.

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