Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Northern Ireland dance troupe is eliminated from Britain's Got Talent after vote

The Innova Irish Dance Company went out of the competition last night

The only Northern Ireland act to make it to the live stages of Britain's Got Talent have danced their final performance on the show.

The Innova Irish Dance Company went out of the competition after a nail-biting finale.

The 15-girl group made it into the final three of last night's semi-final – only to be eliminated by a public vote.

They went head-to-head with Lettice Rowbotham, labelled "the posh musician", and with the judges votes tied, they relied on the public vote, but lost out narrowly.

"We are like 15 sisters," the girls told the judging panel before their performance.

"Every night we are rehearsing. There has never been an Irish dance act like us on BGT.

"The dream is for Innova to become Riverdance. We would like to do something like they did."

The girls used traditional Irish dance performed to modern and fast-paced music, such as Beyonce's Run the World (Girls) and Icona Pop's I Love It.

But they also stuck to their roots by playing and dancing to a small piece of I'll Tell My Ma.

Judge Alesha Dixon said that she thought the girls deserved to go through after their "sun-polished performance".

Amanda Holden said the girls had done Northern Ireland proud.

And David Walliams said: "What an amazing start to the show. That was a really imaginative routine.

"I love what you did with the humour. I wanted to be up there dancing with you."

The only negative came from show boss Simon Cowell who said that he had two issues with the performance.

"One, I think there should be more of you," he said.

"I also think you need a lead star for something like this to work.

"I thought it was fun, pleasant – but without those two aspects it won't go anywhere."

Just 45 acts made it through to the live semi-finals from the thousands who applied and the hundreds who auditioned.

They are battling it out on the ITV1 show for the prize of £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

The final is on June 7.

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