THE brains behind a dance troupe who wowed millions of viewers of Britain’s Got Talent has told The Gazette that they will be going on tour later this year – and they are coming to Basingstoke.
Ben Davies, who choreographed the routine for The Addict Initiative for the live final of the ITV show, said that since coming 10th in the contest on Saturday night, they have secured funding to tour in October.
The 25-year-old former Queen Mary’s College student, whose 22-year-old sister Joanne dances in The Addict Initiative, said: “It was such a privilege being in the show. It was amazing and I was so happy with how it all went. The producers gave us everything we wanted.”
He added: “It was so incredible. It still hasn’t sunk in that we actually performed at the final, which was the best final of all time. Everyone was so strong, anyone could have won it.”
The group missed out on the top prize of £250,000 and an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance, which went to operatic boyband Collabro – one of whom is a former Alton College student.
But the dancers impressed BGT judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, and David Walliams with their routine, which was a sinister take on the story of Hansel and Gretel.
And now Ben is preparing to put together an hour-long equally scary act for the tour, which will run near Hallowe’en and visit Basing-stoke.
The former Aldworth School pupil said: “Two minutes for the final took a lot of work – and now we have to do 60 minutes.”
He added: “We would never have had the funding to do a tour without BGT. It made people see what we can do. Depending on the success of the tour then we will apply to see if we can have a West End residency.”
Ben and Joanne were supported by their proud parents Patrick and Deborah. They had to watch at home, because 50-year-old Deborah underwent a last bout of chemotherapy for breast cancer the day before the final.
Ben said: “It lifted my mum so much. She had her last chemo the day before, and the day after is always the hardest, but she completely forgot about it. She was so proud and so happy to see my sister on stage, and my work – it was absolutely fantastic.”
He added: “Hopefully, she will be in remission and come to the tour. That’s the goal. Nothing means more to me than my mum seeing us perform live because she didn’t get to see us in BGT, so to know she can watch an hour-long show fills me with happiness.”