A young dance group gave an inspirational performance on ITV’s hit show Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday April 23. Born to Perform, a dance group from Northampton which included members aged 14 to 24 who had various disabilities, gave a sensational performance of the song You Can’t Stop The Beat from the American musical Hairspray and not only saw them earn a standing ovation, but also the most important place in the live semi-finals.
The band were all smiles as they went backstage to meet hosts Ant and Dec and expressed how much the performance meant to them. A member said: “There are different disabilities. I have autism and Ellie has down syndrome. We have a barrier in life, but we are starting to break down those barriers today and show the world that life is an opportunity for people with disabilities. Perform gives us the opportunity to be ourselves without anyone judging us.”
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With friends and family seated in the audience, the band received a loud cheer as they made their way to the stage. Dressed in white tops, neon skirts and bow ties, the judges could see they were in for a spectacular performance. Some members of the dance group were very happy to see the main judge, Simon Cowell.
“We’re all very excited to see what you can do,” said fellow judge David Walliams. “The Stage is Yours, Born to Perform!” Their stellar performance included somersaults, lunges, leaps and solo dancing. The judges, Amanda Holden and David Walliams, also couldn’t contain their excitement when they were seen dancing in their chairs to the music.
At the end of the show, the dance group received a standing ovation from the audience and the judges, who saw some members moved to tears by the reaction. In response to the performance, Alesha Dixon said, “The passion was just pouring out of all of you.”
Amanda added, “I couldn’t stop smiling during this whole performance. You were amazing.” Chief Justice Simon said: “I didn’t like it, I loved it. I loved that you had such a great time. It was actually one of my favorite auditions. ” David also agreed and said, “I absolutely loved it. In fact, I loved it so much, I’m going to give him this.”
David quickly pressed the golden buzzer, which meant the group went straight to the live semi-finals of the talent show. In the middle of all the celebration, the judge stood up to congratulate the group with a thumbs up.
The golden buzzer comes after American singer Loren Alldred also received the same accolade after her mesmerizing performance of Never Enough from 2017 film The Greatest Showman during the first week of the talent show. You can read more about it here.