Added on 21-Apr-2009
Apr 21 2009 by Chris Robinson, Evening Chronicle
THEY are the champions!
Or at least they could be. Freddie Mercury dancers Tribute made it through to the next stage of ITV1 show Britain’s Got Talent.
But they failed to impress one judge, Mr Nasty Simon Cowell on Saturday night.
The Jarrow-based dance troupe, who train at Perth Green Community Centre, received praise from fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan, for their moves to the music of rock legends Queen.
Teacher Sarah Cookson, who waited nervously in the wings with Geordie hosts Ant and Dec, said she was proud of her students.
She said: “We started it last year and it went down really well at the competitions and we just continued it.
“Piers absolutely loved it and thought it was very original and the girls were good dancers.
“But Simon was in a foul mood and he didn’t like the moustaches or wigs.
“They were very nervous when they were waiting for the results to be read out. I was standing with Ant and Dec who were lovely.
“When we got through we were overjoyed, everyone was in such a good mood.”
Sarah, who has run the Sarah Howe Cookson School of Dance for 10 years, is keeping her lips sealed as to how the girls progress throughout the hit series, on Saturday evenings.
They originally auditioned at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle, before having to travel to Birmingham for the day to film their slot on the show. The team of 14 has young dancers aged from 10-years-old with the oldest being 19.
Dressed in white costumes with a black lightening mark and trademark Freddie Mercury moustaches they performed a routine to a Queen medley.
But although they were a hit with former newspaper editor Piers Morgan, Simon scowled: “Personally, I thought the whole thing was ridiculous. A weird idea, very gimmicky, stupid costumes, terrible moustaches and sort of pointless.”
The act also dress as Tina Turner and perform a routine to her classics hits.
Sarah added: “Everyone loves Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Tribute follow a string of up and coming performers from Tyneside to appear on the show.
Last year girl group Irresistible, made up of Jayne Welch and Gemma Park, from Hebburn, and Amy Wilkinson from Wallsend, made it through to the final 40 performing in the live shows.