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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Nicola awaits the next call from BGT...

BRITAIN’S Got Talent fans who watched country-style dance group CountryVive gain high praise and a “yes” from the four judges would have seen Whitehaven woman Nicola Tubman in the energetic line-up.

By Margaret Crosby

Nicola, 27, is one of the 17 members of CountryVive who wowed the audience with a routine danced to Backwards by Rascal Flatts, a country music band from America.

She is passionate about country line dancing and spends all her time competing and rehearsing when she’s not working at her day job, as a check-out supervisor at Morrison’s in Whitehaven or taking Moky fitness sessions at Egremont, Whitehaven and Frizington.

CountryVive members are themselves judges, instructors and competitors at the top of their game and come together annually to perform at the World Dance Masters Championships held in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in August. It was there that a producer from BGT spotted the troupe and invited them to audition.

Nicola and her friends, four boys and 13 girls, ranging in age from 16 to 33, were thrilled, but find rehearsal a challenge as they come from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Essex, Liverpool and places in between.

“We meet up at various venues all over the country for two or three days at a time to rehearse,” said Nicola, who admitted that watching Saturday night’s show with her parents Billy and Jacqueline at their Seacliffe home was just as nerve-wracking as performing.

“We were the fourth act on, but the first to get four yeses, so that was great. Now we are waiting for a phone call, expected within the next couple of weeks, which will tell us whether or not we have got through to the live shows. We are already thinking about some new choreography, just in case!”

The performers got to meet hosts Ant and Dec and Stephen Mulhern, said Nicola, who has competed with success in Nashville and across Europe.

Also gaining judges’ approval on the show were Collabro, a group of young singers led by Matthew Pagan, 20, from Carlisle.

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