BGT's salsa gran is forever young

Published Monday, 14 April 2014
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Seventy-nine-year-old Paddy caused a huge stir on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday with a fast and furious salsa routine that not many her age could attempt, but she admits she never really grew up and that may have something to do with her performance.

BGT's salsa gran is forever young
Salsa dancing Paddy chats to This Morning. (© Rex Features)

"I was in the park yesterday and one of the children offered me their roller skates," she said. "I've always enjoyed being with young people and they don't think of me as an old person.

"People just see my grey hair and think I'm sedate. I used to wear trousers because ladies of my age don't get their legs out!"

Paddy and her dancing partner Nico were a huge shock for the BGT judges as their audition was not what anyone expected and resulted in Amanda Holden being the first judge to press the golden buzzer, meaning they now go straight through to the live semi-finals.

They also managed to change Simon Cowell's mind after he immediately buzzed them early into their routine - and he even apologised for his mistake!

"When Amanda pressed the golden buzzer it was amazing," she said. "And we were told getting an apology from Simon was quite special - I did see his expression when we came on stage."

Speaking to This Morning's Eamonn and Ruth, Paddy explained she really wanted to get back into dancing after her husband had passed away.

"I was a trained ballet dancer and that's what I mostly did in the professional shows. I used to do local pantomime and summer shows in Blackpool, but this (type of dance) wasn't around then.

"I gave it up when I was 22, I got married and had a husband and four children, and there was no time for dancing.

"So when this started and Nico wanted us to do a lot more, I checked with the children that it was OK with them, and they said yes."

But with all the twists and turns and throwing her in the air, Eamonn asked the retired dental nurse if she is ever worried Nico will drop her.

"I trust him explicitly," she replied. "He's never dropped me in all the years that we have been doing it!"

Britain's Got Talent returns to UTV on Saturday from 7.15pm.

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