Mersey Girls into BGT final as Cowell makes pledge to lead dancer

Earlier in the evening she had given an outstanding performance of Prince's "Purple Rain", which received a standing ovation from the audience and all four judges.Simon Cowell may have some competition for his "America's Got Talent" gig!

The 15-year-old suffers from scoliosis and needs an operation which could end her time as a dancer.

MerseyGirls had a near miss during the Britain's Got Talent final after a chair came close to falling.

"We just really want Julia to get this surgery so she can dance with us so if we won, which is a long shot, all of the money would go towards getting the surgery for Julia".

Julia, 15, has scoliosis which is a curvature of the spin and she'll soon need an operation that means she might never be able to dance again.

The dancers gained an outpouring of support on social media from members of the public and even saw a royal family member reach out to the girls.

The group also spoke to hosts Ant and Dec about their exciting week, which included an invitation to tea at Buckingham Palace by Princess Eugenie, who also has the spine condition.

"Whatever happens, we'll make sure you're in a great place", he told them.

Elderly crooners The Pensionalities were the second act to make it through to the grand final after their version of the One Direction hit History. You would do the same thing. "I think if someone comes on in this situation, to do nothing would be. well, I couldn't look at myself in the mirror".

The MerseyGirls are just one of the final 11 acts in tonight's final.

After the routine, a teary Alesha Dixon said: "I have so much admiration for you girls right now, I can't tell you". They join mid reading act DNA, singer Kyle Tomlinson, magicians Issy Simpson and Matt Edwards, pianist Tokio Myers, comedian Ned Woodman, The Missing People Choir, and comedian Daliso Chaponda.

  • Salvatore Jensen