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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Countryvive's Nicola: Proud to have performed in front of millions on BGT

Cumbria's Nicola Tubman says she is proud to have performed in front of millions of people on Britain's Got Talent.

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Countryvive

The Whitehaven supermarket worker is part of Countryvive, the group that kicked-started last night’s live semi-finals of the show. The country dance troupe had the tough task of being the opening act on the first of this week’s semis last night.

And although they proved a hit with the audience – and every star judge apart from Simon Cowell – they failed to make it through to the competition’s finals.

There was, however, a Cumbrian success with Carlisle singer Matthew Pagan – part of theatre music boyband Collabro – winning last night’s programme and making it through to the finals.

They remain among the competition’s favourites.

Nicola, 27, told the News & Star today that the experience of performing on such a big stage had been fantastic and said: “We weren't going on there to make or break our lives but we wanted to show the world what line dancing was.

“We are so proud of how we did and we are really pleased that we got as far as we did.

“Everybody's phones were going crazy with messages and we all woke up with loads of notifications.

“It's been amazing and I'd do it all again tomorrow.”

The passionate county and line dancer works at Morrison’s in Whitehaven and as a Moky fitness instructor, and spends her spare time competing and rehearsing.

CountryVive did not qualify for the show’s final but the group go out with their heads held high.

The troupe were spotted by a BGT producer at the World Dance Masters Championships head in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, in August.

They found rehearsals’ time hard to come by as various members hail from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Essex and Liverpool.

But that struggle for time didn’t show as they took to the stage last night.

Comedian David Walliams said: “That was a fantastic start to the show. I never knew country dancing could be so sexy.”

Singer Alesh Dixon added: “That’s how to kick off a live show.”

Actress Amanda Holden credited the group with raising their game, adding: “We loved you at your audition and you seemed doubly good tonight.”

But Cowell was unimpressed, with his criticism sparking objections from the other judges.

Sue Wells, general manager at Morrisons in Whitehaven, said everyone at the shop was behind Nicola.

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