George Sampson on Britain’s Got Talent

A few weeks ago, my boss told me about Paul Potts, the guy who won this show called Britain’s Got Talent. The show sounded familiar, but I never actually watched it before. I thought I’d check it out in YouTube, like Joy did, but I, uh, got a bit bored. That’s when I noticed under “Related Videos” something that caught my eye – something about a 13-year-old streetdancer.

I wasn’t expecting much from this kid because he seemed too young to be a decent streetdancer and breakdancer. I guess I forgot that Adam Sevani from Step Up 2 was only 15 when he made the movie. He actually caught me (and obviously, the judges as well) by surprise when he started dancing, because he looked so shy at first. Anyway, here’s his audition last 2007. I think he was really adorable in this video.

I found out later while checking out his other videos that he didn’t make it to the semi-finals even though Simon Cowell fought for him. It’s a good thing I guess because it made him really determined to train harder and come back the next year.

Since he didn’t come from a rich family, he would literally dance in the streets to raise money for lessons and travel expenses. In his re-audition in 2008, he said he was “twice as nervous” but George showed everyone he was twice as good. You’d see his big improvement both as a dancer and performer (watch his facial expressions) in this video.

This time, he got into the semi-finals, where he performed probably one of the most creative dance routines I’ve ever seen. Rain is always interesting, and was a bit reminiscent of the final dance in Step Up 2. As George Sampson said, “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

For the finals, he was supposed to do another routine to a Bee Gees song, but an hour before the live show he decided to redo his popular “Singing in the Rain” performance. It’s amazing how he can make it even more amazing than it was before. Watch how both relaxed and intense he is. You can really feel that his heart is into his dancing, and he’s giving it all he’s got.

After dancing like that and raising the bar even higher, it’s no surprise that he won Britain’s Got Talent 2008. His dancing is amazing, his attitude is inspiring, and his accent is so bloody endearing!

 

Note: Photo on the top is from www.dailymail.co.uk

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