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Stourbridge salsa gran through to Britain's Got Talent final
10:11pm Saturday 31st May 2014 in News
STOURBRIDGE'S salsa gran Paddy Jones has made it through to the final of Britain's Got Talent.
The 79-year-old great grandmother, who used to run Paddy's Fabrics in Victoria Passage, was voted through to next Saturday's final for a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.
Paddy and dance partner Nico Espinosa, who is 40 years her junior, performed a scaled down version of their planned routine on tonight's last semi-final after Paddy injured her ribs while rehearsing in Spain.
The pair only decided late last night that they could go ahead with their appearance and had barely had time to rehearse but the decision to press ahead paid off as they managed to beat teen singer Bailey McConnell to join tonight's semi winners Jack Pack in next weekend's grand final.
TV judge Amanda Holden, who championed the dynamic duo from the start, said she was on the edge of her seat watching the pair perform and that they totally deserved to win through to the final.
Paddy said of her success afterwards: It's extraordinary."
The great-grandmother of seven and Nico, who runs a dance academy in Gandia, Spain, now hope to have more time to perfect a routine for the final.
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