Tap group miss out on talent show final

The Beat Brothers tap dance troupe, featuring Blackpool's Jon Ward - far right
The Beat Brothers tap dance troupe, featuring Blackpool's Jon Ward - far right
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Dog trainer Jules O-Dwyer will be hoping to put in a paw-fect performance in the Britain’s Got Talent final.

But Friday’s semi final saw The Beat Brothers tap dance group (pictured) – featuring Thornton dancer Jon Ward – miss out on a place alongside her in the final.

Blackpool-born Jules and her canine companion Matisse, are all set to compete for a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance later this year, after winning their semi final on Tuesday.

They wowed the audience at home and the judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams with a toy maker routine.

Former St George’s High School pupil Jules’s family and friends will be watching tonight’s final, with mum and dad Shirley and Michael O’Dwyer in Marton.

And Shirley said they hoped to catch up with their daughter after the final as they couldn’t travel to the capital.

“I know she’s good, but it’s surprising how many votes she got, especially as her following is in Belgium and the Netherlands,” she said. “It’s wonderful.

“Jules is thrilled at the response too. And people locally are really getting behind her when they realise she’s from Blackpool.”

Despite them missing out, all four judges praised The Beat Brothers’ routine, which opened the show on Friday. Simon Cowell described the difference in standard between the audition and last night’s ‘brilliantly rehearsed’ performance as ‘chalk and cheese’.