Issy casts her spell to reach live Britain's Got Talent shows

Schoolgirl magician Issy Simpson wins her place in the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent
Schoolgirl magician Issy Simpson wins her place in the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent
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Young magician Issy Simpson is through to the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent.

The Blackpool schoolgirl wowed judges on screen last month on the ITV reality show, having auditioned at The Lowry theatre in Salford earlier this year.

She was seen running to her mum Jessica, saying "I got through", after being given the good news by judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Now she faces last minute preparations for an appearance on the live shows, which take place from Monday at 7.30pm, and hopes to get the support of Sandgrownuns back home to secure a place in the grand final on Sunday, June 4.

Also joining Issy in this week's semis will be TapTastik, a troupe of tap dancers from Brighton - fronted by their Blackpool-born choreographer Drew Wood.

It has not yet been revealed on which night Issy or TapTastik will perform, but they could have local support in the TV studio on Monday, as Fleetwood singing sensation Alfie Boe will be the star act.

Issy Simpson, second left, gets the news she's into the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent

Issy Simpson, second left, gets the news she's into the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent

Mentored by her grandad, former Pleasure Beach Mystique star Russ Stevens, eight-year-old Haweside Academy pupil Issy will now have to keep her cool in front of a massive TV audience.

In her audition, the confident Hermione Grainger-wannabe climbed down from the stage to join Simon Cowell before bamboozling him with a series of stunts and ended on an impressive card trick.

"I knew Issy was good, but she's never performed on stage like that," Russ said. "She has a natural ability.

"With my background, I knew what I could teach her would be strong stuff - that an adult would do.

TapTastik, fronted by Blackpool-born Drew Wood, have also got a Britain's Got Talent semi final spot

TapTastik, fronted by Blackpool-born Drew Wood, have also got a Britain's Got Talent semi final spot

"A lot of it is hidden, she's chatting away and you're not seeing the things she has to do to make the magic happen; you just see the end effect.

"If you knew what's going on, you would be even more impressed."

Russ said the reaction to Issy's audition had been 'a bit mental', and had included an invite to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show in America, and her audition video has been watched a whopping 12.1million times on the Britain's Got Talent YouTube channel.

"It's amazing for Blackpool," Russ added, with hopes the resort will get behind his granddaughter. "She's such a positive little character.

Blackpool hotel cabaret act Mal Ford didn't get a semi final place

Blackpool hotel cabaret act Mal Ford didn't get a semi final place

Issy's not been the only Blackpool star in this series of Britain's Got Talent, with the show rolling into town back in January to stage auditions at the Opera House.

Several acts who auditioned on the Opera House stage were seen going through to the semi finals, including father and daughter opera duo Martin and Faye, Jay Wyn - the 12 foot-tall dancing robot and young singer Harry Gardner.

Unfortunately, Lyndene Hotel cabaret singer Mal Ford - who made BGT history as the first act to get buzzed off by all four judges in his audition performance but to still be put through as a potential semi finalist - didn't make it into this week's shows.

Blackpool Sixth Form student Mia Cemerikic was seen winning four yeses from the judges last Saturday with the daring Coventry Dynamites cheerleaders, but they failed to reach the next round.