Town teen stars on Britain’s Got Talent

Cartel dance group (C) ITV Plc
Cartel dance group (C) ITV Plc

A teenager from Daventry wowed judges when he appeared with his dance crew on hit ITV show Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday.

Jordan Goodenough, 18, is one of the five dancers of the Cartel Dance Crew who got through the auditions stage with yes votes from three out of the four judges.

But their appearance caused a disagreement among the judges when the eldest member of the group, Jamie Mitchell, 27, was told by Simon Cowell that he ‘stood out like a sore thumb’ due to his age.

Speaking to the Daventry Express Jordan said: “We formed about two years ago.

“We knew each other from other dance groups or from competitions and it was Jamie who suggested we formed.

“We’ve done competitions in the UK and been to internationals in Las Vegas and Copenhagen. We wanted to top it off with something big, so we applied to Britain’s Got Talent.”

The group were called to audition in Birmingham in February. Jordan said: “We got there at about 9am and then we just sat around waiting and getting ourselves ready. When I walked on stage I just thought ‘Oh my God, it’s actually Simon Cowell’. It’s pretty surreal.

“Once we started dancing I could see Simon was smiling and enjoying it and we all thought we had done well.

“The judges started talking and saying how good we were, and then Simon said Jamie was ‘too old’ to be in the group.

“We all thought like Jamie said at the time ‘it is what it is’.

“It’s not a beauty competition, it’s a talent competition. But then we got three yes votes and went through.”

The next stage for Cartel is when the judges gather all the acts to decide who makes it to the live semi-final show, due to be broadcast later this month.