Belfast troupe scoop £250k dance prize
Thousands of hopeful acts had auditioned, but Irish dance sensations Prodijig have been crowned Got To Dance champions — winning £250,000 in the process.
After dazzling the judges and 6,000-strong audience with their energetic and contemporary interpretation of Irish dancing, Prodijig beat off stiff competition last night to win the Sky One talent competition.
The Belfast-based act started off the evening impressing the judges with a routine that combined tap, hip hop and Irish dancing — with judge Ashley Banjo declaring: “The energy is back”.
Prodijig got through to the dance-off against Tayluer and Elliott and Fear Of The Unknown.
They had just one more chance to prove to the judges and the viewers at home they were worthy of the title and each performed the semi-final dance that won them a place in the final.
After a nailbiting wait while the public voted, presenter Davina McCall announced them as winners.
The seven-strong dance act is made up of five men and two women from all over the UK and Ireland, but they have been living together in Belfast as they rehearsed for an exhausting seven hours a day in an Ardoyne studio in preparation for last night’s final.
Speaking before the show, Belfast Prodijiggers Ciara McGillan and Christina Havlin spoke of their desire to win.
Ulster dance champion Ciara (25) has been dancing since the age of four and met most of the other members of Prodijig when they were performing with Riverdance.
“Dance is all I know and I have always loved it,” she said.
“Christina and I have been dancing since we were babies and we've been overwhelmed with the support we've had from home.”
Before winning the title and massive cash reward, the group said they wanted to use the money to start up their own studio production company.
“To win the money and the title would mean we could keep dancing, and also that other people love Prodijigging as much as we do,” said Ciara.
“We've given up so much and we haven't worked for months so we can give this competition our all.”