Stourbridge salsa gran Paddy Jones WILL dance in Britain's Got Talent semi-final

9:48pm Friday 30th May 2014

By Bev Holder

STOURBRIDGE'S salsa gran is set to dance in tomorrow's Britain's Got Talent semi-final after all.

The 79-year-old, who just yesterday (Thursday) was declared out of the top TV talent show after injuring her ribs while rehearsing with dance partner Nicko Espinosa, has confirmed she will be performing after all in the last semi-final which will be screened live tomorrow.

Show judge Amanda Holden announced on Twitter this evening: "Delighted to announce that after getting the all clear today from medical experts Paddy and Nico are back in BGT Tmra night 7pm ITV !!"

An overwhelmed Paddy said: "I feel better and Nicko has changed some of the lifts so we can do something. It will be better than nothing."

Paddy and Nicko won a guaranteed place in the semi-finals after judge Amanda Holden buzzed them straight through to the penultimate round of the ITV talent contest by pressing the newly introduced golden buzzer.

She singled the dynamic duo out as her favourites to win the show and yesterday when it looked like the end of the road for her star act, she said: “Ever since I first saw Paddy dance I fell in love with her. She epitomises everything which Britain's Got Talent is about, she is a sheer joy to watch and an inspiration.

“Her audition was breathtaking and that's why I pressed my golden buzzer."

Paddy, who used to run Paddy's Fabrics in Victoria Passage, took up salsa dancing around ten years ago after losing her husband David to leukaemia shortly after the couple moved from Stourbridge to live in Gandia, near Valencia, Spain.

Instead of returning to her old life in the Black Country, she decided to stay in Spain and started attending Nicko's dance academy.

The Spanish salsa instructor soon spotted the potential in Paddy, who was a professional dancer in her youth, and the pair started showcasing their unlikely dance partnership at congresses across Spain and then internationally before winning the Spanish version of Britain's Got Talent - Tu Si Que Vales - back in 2009.

The duo also appeared on Argentina's version of Strictly Come Dancing - Showmatch - in 2010; and that same year great-gran Paddy earned herself a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest female acrobatic salsa dancer in the world.

To replay Paddy and Nicko's audition performance on Britain's Got Talent, see video below.

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