The world seems to be going gaga over Susan Boyle, the 48 year old Scottish lass since she appeared on Britain's Got Talent TV show and crooned I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. Her sweet and melodious voice which is in sharp contrast to her dowdy and frumpy image has caught the imagination of viewers around the world. She has garnered a legion of fans including celebrities like Demi Moore and Bon Jovi. A guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the USA is in the pipeline and there are rumours she may be offered a recording contract. Boyle is seen as the favourite to win the crown but someone may just pip her to the title. And that person is none other than 73 year old breakdancer, Fred Bowers.
Fred Bowers (pic) has breakdanced himself into the hearts of millions of viewers and is seen as a serious contender for the 100,000 Pounds (RM650,000) top prize. Bowers said he had been breakdancing for about 5 years and now performs regularly in nightclubs. "It all started when I fell down, and when I got back up I found myself spinning on one knee. It's mostly my back, neck and head that I move so I don't see what the problem is because it is my leg that's bad", he said in an interview. See Bowers on YouTube where he showcases his robotic dance moves before dropping to the floor and spinning on his head. While his peers are pill popping, Bowers is body popping! Hail the grandaddy of breakdance!
Five semi-final rounds of Britain's Got Talent will be held this week. Only two acts will be selected from each semi-final for the grand final to be held on May 30. The acts who have confirmed a place in the final are Susan Boyle who sang Memory and dance troupe Diversity from the first semi-final. In the second semi-final, dance troupe Flawless lived up to their name by giving a flawless performance to secure a berth in the final. The other finalist was Shaun Smith who mesmerized the judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden with his rendition of the U2 classic With Or Without You. The winner of Britain's Got Talent may get the chance to perform before the royal family in the Royal Variety Show.
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