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BGT finalist Julia Carlile thanks Simon Cowell for funding surgery

By Joe Nersessian

A former Britain's Got Talent finalist has thanked Simon Cowell after he funded a life-changing operation.

Julia Carlile (15) is a member of Alesha Dixon's golden buzzer act, Mersey Girls, who danced their way into this year's final of the ITV talent competition.

Carlile has scoliosis and explained at her first audition in April that without undergoing an expensive operation in the US, she would be unable to continue dancing. Since the dance group lost in June's final to pianist Tokio Myers, Cowell has kept a promise that he would pay for her operation.

She has since had two operations, according to posts on her Twitter account, where she thanked him

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