Strictly Alba impress

The Strictly Alba girls were a hit with the BGT judges.
The Strictly Alba girls were a hit with the BGT judges.

ANGUS dance group Strictly Alba managed to impress all four judges on the hit ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ at the auditions held in Glasgow on Monday, January 28.

The performance from the girls, who hail from both Forfar and Kirriemuir, put a modern twist on traditional Scottish dance.

The impressive performance left Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams starstruck – with all four judges voting ‘yes’.

The team of eight, from the Delma Wilson and Nicola Grant schools in Kirrie and Forfar, delivered such a brilliant performance that they received a standing ovation from the packed audience of thousands of spectators beside the Clyde.

The dance group, which has won dancing titles all over the world, is now getting prepared to head to London in the near future for the next phase of their ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ journey.

The girls who make up Strictly Alba are Linzi Elms, Leanne Wood, Robyn Hart-Winks, Emma Stewart, Holly Milne, Kirstin Stewart, Airlie McIntyre and Sophie Brown and they are more used to producing the perfect Highland Fling for competition judges in events run by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

The group delivered on their promise of a top-class modern take on the sport they love with celebrity judge Amanda Holden describing the outstanding performance as “Monarch of the Glen – in Ibiza.”

Simon Cowell was impressed by the girls’ dancing commenting: “I normally don’t do this sort of stuff, but that was very, very good.”

Comedy genius David Walliams said: “It looked like you were dancing on air, your feet were doing amazing things and your bodies never moved.”

Pop star Alesha Dixon simply summed the performance up as “brilliant.”

Dance teacher Delma said: “I am so proud of the girls. It was so exciting seeing them get a standing ovation from the audience.”

Nicola said: “Between them they have won dancing titles all over the world so we know how good they are, but they really proved that to the people that mattered. They were blown away by all the judges’ comments and the crowd.”

She added: “The whole day was an absolutely unforgettable experience, hopefully we’ll have the chance to carry the flag for Highland Dance on the London stage and I have no doubts that Strictly Alba will do themselves proud.”

The girls are set to travel to London for the Reveal Show where they will find out if they will make it through to the semi finals which start in May.