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Beau Dermott's dad denies stage school claims

Britain's Got Talent hopeful Beau Dermott's father has hit back at claims the 12-year-old is a stage school student, insisting she has only had a few singing lessons.

Beau Dermott's father has blasted claims his daughter is a stage school veteran.

The 12-year-old wowed the Britain's Got Talent judges on Saturday night's episode (09Apr16) of the ITV talent show with her performance of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked. Judge Amanda Holden was so impressed that she hit the golden buzzer, meaning Beau is automatically through to the live semi-finals of the series.

Since her audition has been broadcast, Beau has been accused of being a stage school pro, with the Daily Star newspaper reporting she has had singing lessons at the Stage Pro Academy in Warrington once a month for the last four years.

But Beau's dad Ian has dispelled the rumours, insisting: "People are saying she’s been in theatre school for five years – she hasn’t.

"It might be once a month, it might be once in three months. Stage Pro is run by lovely people and we just go for a singing lesson as and when it suits. She’s never done any productions for them."

It was also reported that Beau is now enrolled at a performing arts school. But Ian insists she only started at the Hammond stage school in Chester, in September - months after she had filmed her audition for BGT.

Pictures have since emerged of Beau having won local talent contests, including Warrington's Got Talent in 2014. However, Ian said he and his wife decided to enter Beau for this after having noticed her singing talent, in a bid to prepare her for bigger contests in the future.

"You’ve got to use local talent shows to build their confidence up," he told the Daily Mirror. "It would be crazy to put your child on to a stage like BGT without knowing they can do it. You’d be hanging them out to dry."

At the beginning of her audition, Beau appeared nervous and scared but by the time she started singing, she looked in her element.

“She’s struggling at the start and she’s got a little quivery laugh," Ian said after watching the audition back. "But when she starts singing the nerves leave her. That’s how she performs.

"She learned that herself. She shuts her eyes for second and she’s changed. It’s a gift to be able to do that.”

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