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St Patrick's Junior Choir miss out on Britain's Got Talent final

St Patrick's Junior Choir from Drumgreenagh in Co Down have missed out on a place in the Britain's Got Talent final, despite overcoming a technical fault and giving a rousing performance on Monday night.

The group of 8-12-year-old opened the first semi-final of the series with a rendition of Katy Perry's hit song Roar.

But they were merely moments into their performance when hosts Ant and Dec had to stop proceedings to announce they were having some difficulties with the backing track, before allowing the choir to start again.

The disruption was no bother to the young group who carried on and earned themselves a standing ovation following their performance.

"You recovered really well and all of you gave 100% on stage. Every single one of you sing with real passion," judge David Walliams told them.

Alesha Dixon added: "Being the first out is never easy, but you all did so well and you looked like you were having the time of your lives.

"It was a fantastic performance and you should all be extremely proud."

Amanda Holden said their rendition was "just beautiful" before adding: "I loved the song choice and in the face of terrible events over the past week, you just gave us something joyful and hopeful."

Meanwhile Simon Cowell commended the choir on their professionalism in the face of technical difficulties, telling them: "I could hear what was going on in the gallery during that hitch, but you were all so calm and confident.

"You sounded amazing, and the thing I like most about you is we get to see your individual personalities shine through."

The semi-final was won by magical duo DNA, who baffled the judges with their unexplainable tricks, as they appeared to read their minds.

"I have absolutely no idea how you did that," admitted Simon.

Meanwhile, David's Golden Buzzer act Kyle Tomlinson was the runner up following his rendition of Adele's When We Were Young.

This year's BGT finalists are decided completely by the voting public. However the judges will get to choose one wild card entry to return for the final.

Also performing during this week's BGT live shows will be Omagh man Ryan Tracey.

He impressed the judges during his audition when he smashed a world balloon modelling record while blindfolded.

The Britain's Got Talent's semi-finals continue all this week from 7.30pm on ITV.

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