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Will Spelbound Open the 2012 Olympics?

8th June 2010

There are calls for Spelbound to open the 2012 Olympics, no doubt an incredible opening act.  The gymnastics troupe who won Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night and astonished the judges, would ideally be starring in the Olympics themselves, but unlike artistic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics is yet to be recognised as an Olympic sport.  Fingers crossed this will be reviewed for the 2016 Olympics!  Spelbound – made up of 13 gymnasts aged 12-24 - have already received a huge following on YouTube in America, and have since received interview requests from the US.  The American publication “Entertainment Weekly” described the troupe as “jaw-dropping”.   They may be set to follow the stellar trajectory achieved by last year’s winners, the dance group Diversity, who went down a storm at the Baftas on Sunday night.  Ant & Dec, the presenters and award hosts of Britain’s Got Talent, also received a Bafta on Sunday for presenting the show.  Diversity themselves were blown away by Spelbound, causing member Ashley Banjo to comment “We need to get down the gym, don’t we?”  Diversity have had an incredible year including performing for the Prince of Monaco at the Monaco Grand Prix, and they are now touring the UK. 

Finalist Tobias Mead may also go far and was described as the “best dancer in this competition” by judge Piers Morgan.  The 22 year old, who refers to himself as a bodypopper, made a Twilight-themed performance in the final, and has been described by Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am as “sensational”.  Wil.i.am stated “There are a lot of great dancers out there, but that was original and he has done something I have never seen before.”  There were more dancers auditioning for the show this year than ever before, so the standard was very high.  Dance act Twist & Pulse received second spot in the final and the 19 and 18 year olds describe their act as “streetomedy”, a mixture between dancing and street comedy.   Simon Cowell highlighted them as “incredibly current” and very relevant to young kids today.  The 41 year old Paul Burling also did incredibly well and could be going places with his amazing impressionist talents, performing impressions from Harry Hill to Phil Mitchell and Alan Carr.

So, will Spelbound open the Olympics this year?  Will Tobias Mead be performing on Will.i.am’s next video?  Will the English sunshine ever return...?  To be continued...


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