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Britain's Got Talent: Armagh's 'scarily brilliant' Jessie Jane McParland's TV talent show dream ends

By Colin O'Carroll

Pint-sized Britain's Got Talent contestant Jessie Jane McParland scared several years growth out of the show's judges last night with her blood-curdling attempt to reach the final.

The nine-year-old Armagh schoolgirl came on stage clad in a hooded bright red satin robe, looking a bit like Little Red Riding Hood, before revealing her face.

Any semblance of timidity was soon dispelled as she took on four black-clad 'ninja' fighters, dispatching each with a well-timed kick or punch. JJ as she's known then went into a high-speed punching, kicking and tumbling routine, before picking up her samurai sword and mock fighting with another revitalised ninja.

He was dispensed with in theatrical fashion, sending a chill down the spines of those looking on as two feet of cold steel appeared to pin him to the floor through the chest.

JJ finished her routine with a series of somersaults and backflips, all while holding her deadly weapon, before ending with a piercing war cry.

Her dad Gary was once more in the audience clapping and cheering her on, as she beamed from ear to ear at the applause and a standing ovation from the panel.

Head judge Simon Cowell was the first to react.

He told her: "You terrify me - but in a good way. You are both funny and scary at the same time. It was a great routine and well done."

David Walliams also praised the schoolgirl martial arts expert, who is already a multiple taekwondo champion with 172 titles under her belt.

He said: "It was like watching a Bruce Lee movie. It's a brilliant act."

Alesha Dixon was also amazed. She said: "You are not a princess, you are a warrior."

Amanda Holden agreed saying: "It's the fire in you. You scare me, but it's brilliantly scary."

Hosts Ant and Dec also showed signs of nerves as they eyed up her sword on stage. Dec even had a go at trying to imitate JJ's Armagh accent, and then pretended to duck out of the way.

They were completely won over when she said of all the TV she had done so far, BGT was the most friendly and kind to her. Or as she put it: "It's the best, so it is."

However, a split decision between JJ and Danny Posthill meant it went to the public vote and Danny was put through to the final while Jesse was sent home.

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