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Brits 2019: Northern Ireland dancer John performs with Pink

John McLean on stage
John McLean on stage
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

It was a dream come true for a dancer from Northern Ireland, as he shared the stage with superstar Pink at the Brit Awards.

John McLean (20), from Bangor, has loved dancing all his life.

As a child he started off with ballet and it was about two years ago that he decided to pursue a career in the arts when he auditioned for a place at a dance school in London.

He is now in his second year at the Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance (Bird College) in London.

A couple of weeks ago he was told about a secret event happening - but at the time he put his name forward he had no idea he would end up performing at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena with American singer Pink.

He said: "We got an email from the college one day saying there was a high profile event and we weren't told what it was and it was kept confidential.

"And if you wanted to be a part of it, to send a headshot with measurements and some videos of us dancing to the team.

"I did and luckily I got an email back saying I had been selected to dance at this event.

"We turned up on the Saturday for rehearsals and we were told it was for the Brit Awards and we were going to be dancing behind Pink."

Pink performed a medley of hits at the finale of the Brit Awards on Wednesday night after she received an Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

John McLean
John McLean

John described it as a "surreal" experience - but said it is one that he won't forget.

"It was phenomenal, the best night of my life," he said.

"I can't even describe how good it was."

And he said the What About Us singer was so friendly to all of the dancers.

"We were all really nervous to meet her, but she was so normal and chatted away and couldn't thank us enough. She was lovely," he added.

John recalled the excitement ahead of walking on stage, after seeing all of the famous faces on the red carpet.

He said: "When the lights went off and we all walked on stage, it was just surreal." He added: "It was something I've dreamed of."

John said the sound of the crowd was incredible.

"It was ridiculous, I've obviously been to concerts, but standing on the stage and hearing it was so, so different, it was phenomenal."

And back home in Northern Ireland there was another party going on, as John's family were celebrating as they watched him perform on the show.

"They are so proud," he said. "They couldn't believe that I had been given that opportunity."

As he comes back down to earth, John said that for now he intends to continue his dance training and this time next year hopes to be attending lots of auditions.

He said: "Just to dance, maybe on the West End or if I was to get a job to dance behind a celebrity every night, that would be my dream."

When asked how it feels when he is on stage, he said: "I just know I was born to do that.

"I can't imagine myself doing anything else in the world except performing and dancing."

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