Burlesque girls voted off TV talent show

A BURLESQUE troupe featuring two former Suffolk schoolgirls has had their dream of performing in front of the Prince of Wales shattered tonight.

Craig Robinson

A BURLESQUE troupe featuring two former Suffolk schoolgirls has had their dream of performing in front of the Prince of Wales shattered tonight.

Helen Spall, 25, and her 20-year-old sister Katy, both from Woodbridge, appeared on ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

The girls, who were the first act up, were performing as part of Caburlesque - an eight-strong cabaret and Burlesque troupe.

They were hoping to wow the judges and impress members of the public enough for them to vote them through to tomorrow's final where they would have had the chance to win a spot on this year's Royal Variety Performance.

But the troupe, which was formed by ex-Farlingaye High School pupil Helen when she was in her final year at Middlesex University, was beaten by classical girl group Escala and dancers Nemesis.

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Despite the loss judge Amanda Holden was very supportive of the girls.

She said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Much more provocative than in your audition - you can still be sexy and tasteful. You really pulled it off.”

But fellow judge Simon Cowell said: “Certainly it was a step in the right direction - I would have just gone a bit further. I don't know what I'm supposed to be looking at - I didn't see enough personality or enough humour.”

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