To exclude, to expel:
Britain’s Got Talent saw 5 talented boys show off their dancing skills in front of an impressive jury. They shared that they were bullied because of passion
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They are five real-life Billy Elliots – talented schoolgirls who just love to dance. Sadly, some of them paid a heavy price for their passion after being bullied.
But together, they are having their last laughs, as their group has won the support of Britain’s Got Talent’s toughest judge, Simon Cowell – who has branded their bullies “stupid” stupid”.
Audiences will be witnessing the amazing 5 Star Boys audition tomorrow night.
The tear-jerking habit entails their bullying challenges and feelings of exclusion from others.
They performed the song You Will Be Found from the popular musical Dear Evan Hansen.
Dancer Toby-Jay, 11, said: “The message we wanted to give was that boys can dance because it’s not just a girl’s sport.
“And no matter what people say, keep doing what you’re doing because it’s what you love.”
When Simon, 62, heard their story, he called bullies “idiots” who were “envious because they can’t do what you do.”
And he revealed his son Eric, eight, has given him a different perspective on life, telling the group: “We’re your friends.”
Adam, 10, recalls: “It was really cool, he said, ‘Don’t listen to the bullies, they’re all stupid.
“I was really bullied when I first started dancing.
“I was told dancing was for girls and I used to cry home. It used to hurt me a lot.
“Now that I’m on Britain’s Got Talent, it could stop,”
Joey, 11, added: ‘People said a lot of things but I never let that stop me from dancing. We told Simon we wanted to show people that you can do what you want to do and follow your dreams.”
The group, who hail from across the UK, say that one of their biggest idols is Spider-Man star Tom Holland, who will play legendary dancer Fred Astaire in the upcoming biopic.
They also met other BGT judges, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. Adam, from Runcorn in Cheshire, said: ‘I am delighted to have met Alesha, she has always been my favorite judge.
Ollie said David Walliams was his favorite writer while Toby said: “I listen to Amanda on the radio every morning. She was in tears, she said she really loved it.”
The boys all met at a dance convention in Birmingham and picked their names in hopes of garnering a five-star rating.
Toby-Jay, of Birmingham, says: “Dancing helps me relax and it can also help you express your emotions in different ways. Depending on how you feel, you can change the style of dance you do. ”
Joey, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, said: “We are all very happy because we share a love of dance. There aren’t many guys in our area like we are so when we’re all together, we’re going to have the best time.”
Despite the large audience and four famous judges, the group soon overcame their anxiety.
Ollie said: “It was great because we got a standing ovation. It makes me so happy inside.”
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Beau, 12, from Kent, said: “I’m really excited. It is taking a big step forward in the world of dance. ”
5 Star Boys was set to shoot BGT last year but the 15th season was postponed due to Covid.
All the boys, bar Ollie and Joey, have had to go through negative comments about what they do – although Ollie and Joey say other dancer friends have also faced cruelty.
Beau’s mother Mona is planning a watch party and admits she was an “emotional mess” during the audition.
She said: “It was really special to see all of their hard work come together so beautifully. Dancing with other boys has been great for Beau because in his dance school he was often the only boy in the class. ”
Adam’s mother Kim said: “I was really overwhelmed.
“Seeing them on stage dancing with all their might made my heart sing proudly, I cried from beginning to end of the audition.”
“As soon as I can walk, if there’s music, I’ll dance around and won’t stop,” says Adam. So I went to dance class and here I am.
“When the bullying was bad, I went home and said I wouldn’t do it again, but my mom was supportive and told me to keep going.
“I’m glad I took her advice.”
Britain’s Got Talent continues tomorrow at 8pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
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