‘BGT’ Judges Moved To Tears Over Manchester Bombing Survivor’s Performance
Contestants on Britain's Got Talent often cause tears for the judges and the audience either by way of an incredible skill or a touching backstory.
But Ant McPartlin, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon started to well up after one performance started and it's not hard to see why.
Manchester bombing survivor Hollie Booth, 13, dreamed of one day becoming a dancer and tonight she showed her passion on one of TV's biggest stages. As a result of the injuries she suffered in last year's devastating terror attack, the teenager had to do her routine in a wheelchair.
Hollie is a part of a dance troupe called Rise who all wore white t-shirts bearing a Manchester bee logo for their performance.
When the dancers got in place, Ariana Grande's 'One Last Time' started, which became one of the anthems following the attack. As the first few bars played, you could see judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon get emotional as they realised how special this dance would be. Backstage, Ant McPartlin was also moved to tears.
The 13-year-old said: "I wanted to do it to help inspire other people.
"It was nice to have the other girls with me. We learned the routine in two weeks, but we'd been dancing using the wheelchairs since before Christmas."
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Her mum, Claire, revealed how incredible it was that her daughter worked up the physical and mental strength to go on something like Britain's Got Talent.
"All she wanted to know after [the terror attack] happened was when she was going to be able to dance," Claire told the Sun. "The doctors told us it was uncertain whether she ever would.
"Doing the show has brought on her confidence so much. She was scared to go to school, scared to be around people, but she went out on that stage. It's helped her more than we could have realised."
The crowd went wild when the performance was over, with Simon Cowell saying: "You know what, Hollie, it is, wow, this is difficult.
"I'm trying to put... to go through what you went through and turn a negative into a positive is unbelievable.
"Because what these people did, because they're cowards and the fact you can come on stage, do what you did, and make such a positive statement with your friends, I'm very proud of you. In fact, I salute you."
We take our hats off to her because that takes an enormous amount of strength and courage.
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