Britain’s Got Talent hopefuls Paddy and Nico have had to withdraw from Britain’s Got Talent, following doctor’s orders.

The 79-year-old salsa dancer and her Spanish partner Nicolas Espinosa, who were judge Amanda Holden’s Golden Buzzer act, were forced to pull out from the live semi-final tomorrow (May 31) after Paddy injured her ribs during rehearsals.

“After seeking medical advice, Paddy will not be able to perform in the semi-final,” a spokesperson for the ITV show said. “Unfortunately because of this Paddy and Nico have had to withdraw from the competition.”

Amanda expressed her disappointment that the dancing duo won’t be able to continue to compete.

She told Britain’s Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern: “Obviously, the most important thing is that she makes a recovery. I think she’s done something to her rib. I’m gutted because I actually think she would have won Britain’s Got Talent 2014.”

She later added: “I’m devastated Paddy and Nico won’t be dancing in the finals. Ever since I first saw Paddy dance I fell in love with her. I was so looking forward to her and Nico wowing us with another amazing routine in the semi-finals.”

Sarah ‘Paddy’ Jones and Nico impressed all four judges – Amanda, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – with their exuberant moves when they appeared in the first episode of the series, and Amanda gave them her coveted Golden Buzzer, sending them straight through to the live shows.

The pair faced controversy following their successful audition as it emerged that they previously won a Spanish talent competition, although Simon defended their right to compete in Britain’s Got Talent.

The last Britain’s Got Talent live semi-final takes place on ITV1 on May 31, with the final on June 7.


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