Northamptonshire dance crew Cartel narrowly missed out on a place in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
The dance crew gave the surprise of the night when 27-year-old Jamie Mitchell - who was told by Simon Cowell he stuck out like a sore thumb in the audition stage - leapt from a box to join his four friends, Jordan Goodenough, aged 18, Steven Thompson, aged 19, Edward Jones, aged 18, and Daniel Fullard, aged 16. They won plaudits from judges David Walliams and Amanda Holden and grudging praise from Simon Cowell, who apologised to Jamie but refused to admit he was wrong.
Cartel reached the final three and after the judges’ votes were tied, the public vote went against them and they missed out on reaching next Saturday’s final.
Following the result, Northampton College tweeted: “We are still SO proud of you boys @CartelDance for getting this far. You are #amazing #welldone #BGTlive”
The hashtag #yesjamie was trending worldwide in a show of support for the “father figure” of the group.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s performance, Mr Goodenough, a Northampton College student from Daventry, said the dance crew was really looking forward to performing in front of the whole nation.
He said: “Since we found out we have been rehearsing every couple of days to make sure we’re really clean for the performance.
“It’s a whole new set from us. It’s going to be a surprise for everyone on the night.
“Performing live to the nation is going to be massive. I’m definitely looking forward to it. We had a pretty relaxed day on Tuesday. My parents and family will be there in the audience. They’re really excited about it. The day of the show involves a couple of run throughs on the stage. We don’t want to burn ourselves out before the main performance in the evening, but we should be OK.
“We have no idea who else is going to be on Wednesday night’s show against us. It is what it is.
“There are some very good acts this year, and the competition is very hard.”