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Duo serve up talent contest success

PUBLISHED: 11:45 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 23 August 2010

BIDDING FOR GLORY: Gordon Ramsey look-a-like Martin Jordan.

BIDDING FOR GLORY: Gordon Ramsey look-a-like Martin Jordan.

A PAIR of very different acts blazed a path to the semi-finals of Britain s Got Talent as the popular show returned to our screens. Street dance group Taboo, made up of pupils from The Grove Dance School in Gravesend, performed live in the ITV show on Tu

A PAIR of very different acts blazed a path to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent as the popular show returned to our screens.

Street dance group Taboo, made up of pupils from The Grove Dance School in Gravesend, performed live in the ITV show on Tuesday, narrowly missing Saturday's final. Gordon Ramsey look-a-like Martin Jordan, a member of the Chippendoubles and also from Gravesend, will look to go one better in his semi-final later this week.

Pat Davies, principal at The Grove Dance School, was delighted his students and choreographer Kirsten Wheeler had achieved so much.

He said: "It is such a huge competition with thousands of entrants, so to make it to the semi-finals and the final 40 acts is fantastic."

The 35-strong group, made up of youngsters aged from seven to 23, first appeared on the show last Saturday dancing to a medley of hip-hop songs to advance to the live semi-final at a studio in Wembley. Mr Davies revealed the dancers had been working tirelessly for months, to first prepare for the audition, filmed at the Apollo in London in early May - before preparing a new routine for the semi-final and finals.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Wheeler, said: "We are feeling a bit gutted but - at the end of the day - they are really happy as well."

Their success comes off the back of victory in Gravesham's Got Talent 2009 and a run in dance show Got to Dance, where they missed a semi-final spot at the end of last year.

Victory in the competition comes with a £100,000 prize, but Mr Jordan, 39, has revealed his team plan to donate the whole sum to charity McMillan Cancer Trust should they triumph.

He appeared on the show on May 8 alongside David Beckham, Mr T, Will Smith and Simon Cowell look-a-likes.

"We look at this as a platform and are grateful for the chance to appear and believe everyone needs other people to succeed.

"We don't want people to see this as a reason to vote for us," he added.

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