Rib injury could mean the last dance for Stourbridge salsa gran on Britain's Got Talent

Salsa gran Paddy Jones and Nicko Espinosa on Britain's Got Talent.

Salsa gran Paddy Jones and Nicko Espinosa on Britain's Got Talent.

First published in News

STOURBRIDGE salsa gran Paddy Jones’s chances of winning Britain’s Got Talent have been dealt a massive blow after she hurt her ribs while rehearsing.

The 79-year-old great gran had been guaranteed a place in the semi finals after judge Amanda Holden buzzed her straight through to the penultimate round of the TV talent contest by pressing her golden buzzer.

But the pint-sized salsa dancer, who used to run Paddy's Fabrics in Victoria Passage, sustained an injury to her ribs while practising her semi-final routine in Spain with dance partner Nicko Espinosa - who is 40 years her junior.

A spokesman for the show said: “ She has either cracked or bruised her ribs. We are waiting to hear back from the doctors and she is resting.”

Paddy's son Phil Jones, from Hagley, said: “It’s not as dramatic as they’ve made out in the papers but she’s not able to dance at the moment. It wasn't a fall, I think Nicko just held her a bit hard."

He added: "Britain's Got Talent were going to send a car to take her to Valencia to see a specialist."

But realistically he doesn't know whether his mother will be able to perform in Saturday’s semi final.

He said: "She's obviously disappointed they might not be able to do it."

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