Saturday, May 12, 2012

In the UK, Strictly Wheels debuts wheelchair dancing on "Britain's Got Talent"

From STV in the UK. Here's the video of their audition.

Strictly Wheels are determined to showcase Wheelchair Dancesport to the nation and May 9 they did just that with a fun-filled routine to Olly Murs Dance With Me on "Britain's Got Talent."

The judges praised Gary and best friend Paula, who has been a wheelchair user for eight years after contracting MRSA, 17 years ago, while being treated in hospital for pneumonia, but Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon felt the performance didn't quite live up to the dancing duo’s audition.

David Walliams loved it, telling the performers: “You have given a lot of hope to people out there that there’s no such thing as impossible.”

Alesha Dixon said: “You are amazing, but the first time I saw you, you were more daring so it didn’t live up to the last audition, but you’re still incredible at what you do and I have to wish you luck.”

Amanda Holden agreed: “I felt a little bit disappointed and underwhelmed tonight. You did a good job but I was just a little but underwhelmed.”

Simon Cowell seemed to think it was great fun, telling them: “I enjoyed it actually but Gary you’re like an excited poodle when you start out! Because it was fun it was fun for us, well done.”

If Strictly Wheels make it to the final, they would give it their all in a bid to take the BGT 2012 crown.

It would be a dream come true for the performers to be part of the Royal Variety Performance.

They said: “It means an enormous amount to us, to be able to perform in front of the Royal Family and actually let them see what we do for our country when we are competing abroad.  Also to be able to say we've performed in one of the most famous shows in entertainment history.”