Burlesque dancers set sights on TV prize

BASQUES, stockings and feathers are not items that you would normally associate with the quaint town of Woodbridge. But tomorro night two girls from the town will perform live on TV in the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent as part of an eight-strong cabaret and Burlesque troupe.

Anthony Bond

BASQUES, stockings and feathers are not items that you would normally associate with the quaint town of Woodbridge.

But tomorrownight two girls from the town will perform live on TV in the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent as part of an eight-strong cabaret and Burlesque troupe.

Helen Spall, 25, and her 20-year-old sister Katy are part of the group Caburlesque and who are hoping to wow the show's judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.

Helen, whose pseudonym is Miss Velvet Fortune, said: “I am really nervous as I have never done live TV before so it is going to be scary.

“I am so pleased with our routine and it is probably the best that we have ever choreographed but it is still daunting because we will be on with really good people.

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“We have been down at the studio this week rehearsing and luckily for me it feels like a normal theatre so I am going to pretend that it is a normal show.”

Caburlesque was formed by Helen when she was in her final year at Middlesex University. This coincided with a boom in similar entertainment in the capital, so when she and her friends left university they decided to turn her part-time interest into a full time profession.

The group is now in demand and supplying entertainment to events all over London. Despite this, the thought of appearing on live TV in front of the notoriously hard-to-please judges are daunting.

“They are quite scary people,” said Helen, who went to Farlingaye High School. “You cannot judge what they are going to say and a lot of what they say is not very nice.”

But she added: “Simon Cowell said in a previous round that we needed to come back with smaller knickers so we are coming back with smaller knickers!”

Caburlesque performed in Woodbridge recently and both Helen and her sister- whose pseudonym is Miss Sweety Whisper - are grateful for the support from the town.

“When we went to Woodbridge with the show it was just so great and the whole town supported us. It is great to have that support and we want to prove that you can come from a place like Woodbridge and go on to do big things.”

If they win tomorrow'sshow, Caburlesque will be one step closer to realising their dream of performing at the Royal Variety Show.

But already the two sisters have taken a lot from the experience.

“The whole experience has been great and we have been working really hard for ages so it is great to be able to show the country what we have been doing,” said Helen.

“Our show is unique because we are the only company which merges cabaret and Burlesque and we do such a variety of stuff and there is no better show for us to be on than Britain's Got Talent.”

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