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Manchester bomb survivor Hollie Booth auditions for BGT with Ariana Grande hit

She returned to Manchester for the audition.

A teenage survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing returned to the city for a Britain’s Got Talent audition.

Hollie Booth, 13, danced to a medley of Ariana Grande hits as she was joined by friends who borrowed wheelchairs in a show of support, according to The Sun.

Booth only survived the attack after her aunt Kelly Brewster shielded her and Booth’s mother, Claire, when the blast ripped through the foyer of the arena on May 22 last year, leaving 22 victims dead.

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Manchester Arena incident

Brewster, 32, died as she saved her sister and Booth.

In an emotional introduction, Booth reportedly told judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams: “It’s always difficult coming to Manchester.

“This is the first time I’ve been anywhere that’s like an arena, it’s hard.”

Cowell is said to have called Booth an “inspiration”.

The group of dancers performed under the name Rise, according to The Sun, with their routine opening and closing with Grande’s One Last Time.

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