A troupe of Hungarian shadow dancers won the television show Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday, outshining a slew of home-grown performers. The eight-member dance group, named Attraction, beat 10 British acts to win the public vote on the prime time ITV show and walked away with a £250,000 (Dh1.4m) prize.
They had wowed viewers with a series of dance routines performed behind a screen, twisting their bodies to form silhouettes in the shape of everything from Queen Elizabeth II to an elephant.
The Budapest-based group were hot favourites to win – an irony that was not lost on the British press, with The Sun’s front-page headline on Saturday reading: “Er, Hungary’s got talent.”
Simon Cowell, who is one of the show’s four judges, said: “It just shows that this country welcomes people from all over the world; they obviously loved this act.”
Attraction’s leader Zoltan Scuzs described the win as “amazing”, adding: “Thank you to all the British public.”
The troupe paid tribute to Britain in their final performance, using the red, white and blue flag as their backdrop and contorting themselves into the shape of the British Isles, Winston Churchill and the queen.
Attraction also won a place on the stage at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening attended on alternate years by the 87-year-old monarch or her heir, Prince Charles.
The finale didn't go down smoothly, as a woman showed up on stage during one performance and started throwing eggs at the show's judges Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams. The woman was eventually escorted off the stage. ITV later said the woman belonged to a musical quartet that was not part of the finals. – AFP
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