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Great-grandma has chance to win Britain's Got Talent

With the semi-finalists of Britain's Got Talent announced tonight, the competition to be crowned the 2014 winner is about to get serious.

Among the 45 acts remaining from the hundreds of auditions is 79-year-old Paddy Jones, from Stourbridge.

79-year-old Paddy Jones, from Stourbridge is among the 45 acts remaining in this year's Britain's Got Talent Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

The retired great-grandmother is one half of salsa dance duo 'Paddy and Nico' and will compete for the £250,000 prize and the opportunity to entertain royalty - at the Royal Variety Performance.

Now living in Spain, she joined Nico's dance academy where she started dance classes and just a year later they teamed up to begin their acrobatic salsa act.

The pensioner astonished the celebrity judges in her audition - where her feet barely touched the ground - with Amanda Holden pressing her golden buzzer to put her directly into the semi-finals and describing her as 'inspirational'.

The first live show starts tomorrow night at 7.30pm on ITV.

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Simon Cowell dodges knife in Britain's Got Talent audition

Britain's Got Talent auditions were held in Birmingham over the weekend Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Simon Cowell had a near miss after volunteering to take part in a knife-throwing act which went wrong during a "Britain's Got Talent" audition in Birmingham.

The boss of the show offered to take part as an 11 year-old contestant's assistant during a heat at the weekend.

The former-X Factor judge stood against a wooden board as the knives were thrown.

The first comfortably missed his body but the second nearly hit the media mogul's shoulder, bouncing off the board and hitting the floor.

Cowell chose to retire after that and shook the boy's hand before leaving the stage.

Fellow judge, Amanda Holden, told the boy, called Edward, "You nearly killed Simon!"

Fellow panellist, David Walliams, added "How much would I have to pay you to throw the knife a little bit nearer?"

Midlands hopeful wants to share his singing at BGT

A young Britain's Got Talent hopeful from the Midlands hopes he gets his chance to share his singing with the country after today's auditions in Birmingham.

Harrison Grigg, from Market Overton in Rutland, will sing Alexandra Burke's 'Hallelujah' for his audition, and the 12-year-old says he is nervous ahead of his performance.

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