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By John Siddle
Liverpool Echo
March 5, 2012

Child ballet stars Tayluer and Elliot were told to prepare for an exciting future after finishing in the top three of hit talent show Got To Dance.

Tayluer Amos, 11, and Elliot Hanna, eight, won rapturous applause and standing ovations as they came within a whisker of winning the live Sky1 contest last night. The dancers, from Netherley and Tuebrook respectively, won the hearts of judges and viewers alike as they wowed a 6,000-strong crowd at London’s Olympia.

After making it to the final stage with a flawless routine to Charlene Soraia’s cover of Wherever You Will Go, the young dancers ultimately lost out to hip-hop group Prodijig.

But, despite missing out on the £250,000 prize, the classical duo, who attend the Nazene Danielle School of Dance, were today tipped for a bright future. Show judge Ashley Banjo, leader of dance troupe Diversity, spoke of their potential and described their routine as “arguably the best performance we’ve ever had”.

Fellow judge Australian tap dancer Adam Garcia told them: “The technical difficulty is of some of the hardest lifts I’ve seen anywhere in any performance. “Not only that, you dance with such beauty. Every box has been ticked.”

After the 10 finalists performed, the public chose their top three, before the winner was revealed.

Tayluer and Elliot danced to Bruno Mars in a performance that won a deafening applause.

After the show, the youngsters’ mums spoke of their pride. Tayluer’s mum, Maxine Kelly, said: “We are over the moon. I am totally proud, it’s just so amazing. I cannot believe they got into the final three. Who could have asked for anything more? For their ages, what they have achieved is simply outstanding. I must be the proudest mum in the world right now. People are tipping them for the top, but we will take each day as it comes. They are still schoolchildren and we want to take things slowly.”

Elliot’s mum Gill Hanna added she was so wrapped up in the moment she could not remember the judges’ comments. She said: “I thought they were fantastic. They haven’t let anybody down, everyone has been so impressed and I think tonight a lot of people’s hearts melted.”

Weeks of choreography and training saw Tayluer and Elliot awarded three gold stars by all three judges and won the plaudits of hundreds of thousands of viewers at home.

Fans, including Warrington’s Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson, took to Twitter to express their support. The street dancer, 18, tweeted: “TAYLUER AND ELLIOT to win :)”

Wavertree MP Luciana Berger wrote: “Commiserations to Tayluer and Elliot – you did #Liverpool proud in the @gottodance_sky1 final tonight.”

And one viewer wrote: “I have got tears in my eyes how beautiful and amazing Tayluer and Elliot were.”

Nazene Langfield, who put the duo together at her Old Swan dance studio, described Tayluer, who attends Our Lady of Good Help in Wavertree, and Elliot, a pupil of St Cecilia’s Junior School, as “model professionals”.

She told the ECHO: “Since they found out they were on the show, our whole life has been about Got To Dance. I don’t know what I am going to do tomorrow because I haven’t thought that far ahead. There is no doubt that their future is so bright.”

© 2012  Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales Limited

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