Wednesday 21 March 2018

Talent wannabes keep it in family

The Neales during the audition stage of Britain's Got Talent (Syco/Thames TV/PA)
The Neales during the audition stage of Britain's Got Talent (Syco/Thames TV/PA)
The Lee Dells audition for the judges

Tonight's Britain's Got Talent is all about dad dancing - and singing - as a series of acts keep it in the family.

Singing solicitor Laurie Neale and his three sons, James, Dan and Phil, take to the stage with their take on the Everly Brothers When Will I Be Loved.

Youngest son Phil explained the very personal reason behind their first ever public performance, telling the panel: " Ten years ago our dad had a heart attack and that made him release he had to change the way he lived his life and pursue the thing that he loves and that's singing and the three of us are here because we realised the reason he had that heart attack was he ran himself into the ground trying to provide for us."

The Neales are not the only family out to impress show supremo Simon Cowell and his judging panel of Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

But The Lee Dells - mother and daughter duo Tricia and Laura Liedl - do not go down quite so well with their version of Madonna's Hanky Panky which Cowell describes as a " little bit uncomfortable".

There is also an "avant-garde hair" show and a pair of indifferent drummers before Old Men Grooving appear on stage with their middle-aged take on street dance.

The five piece group, made up of teachers and IT workers aged between 40 and 60, get a standing ovation from the audience and a compliment from Walliams who tells them "You've made dad dancing cool".

Press Association

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