Beloved dancing grandma Paddy Jones and her dance partner Nico have had to withdraw from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent series due to injury.
It’s thought the 79-year-old, who earned Amanda Holden’s Golden Buzzer in the first episode, hurt herself in rehearsals as she got ready for this week’s live semi-final performance.
“After seeking medical advice, Paddy will not be able to perform in the semi-final.
“Unfortunately because of this Paddy and Nico have had to withdraw from the competition,” a statement from BGT says.
Producers apparently looked at other ways to keep Paddy’s place in the show, but a source told the Mirror this wasn’t possible.
“Given her age and the injury there isn’t any way she will be able to perform. We did look at whether she may be able to do a scaled down, less energetic version of her routine, but obviously Paddy’s health and welfare had to come first,” a source says.
Whether this means Holden gets to choose another act or not remains to be seen.
But of course, Holden’s priority is Paddy.
“The most important thing is that she makes a speedy recovery and gets back to living life to the full,” the judge told the Mirror.
Paddy and Nico wowed in the very first episode of this series show, with this stunning audition: