‘Don’t Knock Paddy!’ Simon Cowell Defends Britain’s Got Talent’s Dancing Gran Against Spanish Show Backlash

Paddy Jones, the 79-year-old dancing granny who wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges in last night’s opening show has already triumphed in a Spanish talent show, it’s emerged.

Performing a salsa routine with  her dance partner Nico Espinosa, Paddy wowed Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon during Saturday night’s series opener, so much so that Amanda even pusher the Golden Buzzer – sending the pair straight through to the live semi-finals.

It has emerged thought that Paddy isn’t exactly new to TV talent shows. In December 2009, the grandmother won 10,000 euros (£9,055) on Spain’s Tu Si Que Vales (You Are Worth It) with her acrobatic salsa dancing routine.

Paddy and Nico wowed us! (ITV Pictures)

BGT’s big boss Simon Cowell though has defended Paddy from any backlash, saying she has every right to compete in Britain.

“Don’t knock paddy for performing on a Spanish talent show. She is British and wants the chance to perform in front of our royal family”, Cowell wrote this morning before adding:

“She is 80 years old. Let her have that chance. You the viewers will decide”.

Paddy started her salsa hobby several years ago, after a move to Spain from her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands. “I had been a dancer from the age of 2 & ½. I gave it up to get married,” she told David Walliams during the show.

“I went to live in Spain with my husband, and unfortunately after 18 months, he died. And for something to do, I went to Nico’s dance academy to learn something totally different. And this is the result!”

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