An Irish dance troupe is set to take the world by storm after wowing Simon Cowell at auditions for the hit TV show "Britain’s Got Talent."
The 15 strong Innova Irish Dance Company from Portstewart in Northern Ireland bowled Cowell over with their Belfast performance.
Millions of television viewers in Britain and Ireland saw Cowell stunned by the troupe of Irish dancers at the auditions in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
They won Cowell’s approval with a mixture of traditional Irish dancing with a rap and hip-hop pop twist.
The Irish Independent reports that the dance routine had judges Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on their feet.
The dancers were so stunned by Cowell’s praise that some of them burst into tears.
Known as a hard man to impress, Cowell told them, “Oh my God, I’ve got to tell you I absolutely loved that. I really loved it. This is why I wanted to come to Belfast. It was terrific.”
Dixon called the 15 strong troupe ‘special’ while Holden was also impressed. She said, “This was with a twist and it completely and utterly worked. Congratulations. It was a brilliant audition.”
Comedian Walliams added, “I can’t wait to see what you do next.”
Innova star Kyra Archibald was in dreamland when she spoke to the paper.
Archibald admitted, “Mr Cowell is always the one you want to please. I honestly think the majority of us just broke down in tears as soon as he said that.
“It was unbelievable. The man is just a legend and for him to say that about us was unreal.”
Innova included a funny ‘Oh Simon’ sample from rap star Labrinth’s hit single "Earthquake" during their audition.
Dance teacher Catherine Lamont said, “We always try to pick music that is clever and has a bit of significance. So whenever that song came out, we thought that it would be good for us here as it actually makes reference to Simon Cowell.”
The report adds that the girls are now putting their ‘thinking caps’ and dancing shoes on as they work on their follow-up.
Lamont added, “We will definitely have to sit down and have a good think about what to do next.
“The audience enjoyed the modern aspect to it. So I don’t know if we would be straying too far from that. We have more in store.”