Two Buckie teenagers are hoping their dancing careers will take a major step forward when they bid to move into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
Emmy-Jo Munro and Jodi Riddoch are members of the CountryVive dance troupe who caused a sensation in the heats of the national television contest in April.
The 19 members are drawn from all corners of the UK, gathering ahead of their BGT audition for just one day to work on a line dancing routine that had the audience and judges on their feet.
15-year-old Emmy-Jo said she finds it “amazing” to be part of Countryvive – while Jodie, 16, declared line dancing “her life”.
Jodi, a student at Buckie High School, started dancing when she was five and currently mixes her dancing with studying for Highers.
She said: “I’d love CountryVive to show the world what line dance is all about and hope that one day everyone will want to line dance.
“I feel so privileged to be a part of CountryVive and love each and every one of them. Line dance is my life – I love it!
“Before I started dancing I was a shy, quite girl who struggled to talk out in class but dancing has given me the confidence to perform in front of millions.”
Emmy-Jo is also a Buckie High student: “I’m in my fourth year and currently sitting my national five exams.
“Line dancing has taught me to be a part of a team and increased my confidence – I hope CountryVive achieves world-wide success to share my love of country dance and country music with the rest of the world.”
CountryVive is made up from members of the World Dancers Elite Show Team, a group of line dance judges, instructors and competitors who gather once each to perform at the World Dance Masters Championships held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The troupe have already become a massive internet hit with their BGT appearance having been watched by approaching 700,000 people on the BGT YouTube channel (see below).
Viewers will see this weekend what acts make it through to the live finals of the 2014 competition.