Meet Amanda Holden’s Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer choice Paddy Jones

The salsa-dancing grandma was sent straight through to the live semi-finals of this year's Britain's Got Talent as judge Amanda Holden backed her to win


Tonight saw the return of Britain’s Got Talent with a brand new Golden Buzzer format. The sparkly new addition to the judges’ table gives Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams the chance to send one act they love straight through to the live semi-finals. 


Straight out the gate and Amanda has chosen her act: 79-year-old salsa-dancing grandma Paddy Jones and her dance partner Nico. 

Paddy moved to Spain with her husband and after his death turned to dancing to quite literally get her back on her feet. And then off of them again – her routines are that energetic. Jaw-droppingly so, with lifts, flips, floor spins and more all part of the pair’s dazzling performances. 

Simon Cowell was quick to regret his early red buzzer push, but it was Amanda who gave the duo a ticket straight through to the live semi-finals. Holden said her own grandma would have wanted her to push, with Alesha confirming she was glad the dancers had been rewarded with the Golden Buzzer. 

So what do we know about Paddy? Well, this isn’t her first experience of reality shows. In fact, she won a Spanish version of the show, Tu Si Que Vales (You Are Worth It) in 2009. 

Here she is talking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning after her win:

And if you didn’t get enough of her moves on tonight’s show, here’s more of Paddy and Nico in action on the Spanish talent show:

And here they are performing in Munich:

Can Paddy and Nico scoop this year’s title? The judges say it’s the toughest series to call yet. So watch this space…

Britain’s Got Talent continues next Saturday at the earlier time of 7:00pm