THE year just gets better and better for the Ruff Diamond boys.
The Hartlepool hip-hop kings are now officially the very best in the UK after being crowned champions on Saturday night – and it came at the end of an absolutely hectic 24 hours.
The lads, who haven’t stopped since making the final of Sky 1 show Got To Dance and signing professional with Kimberley Wyatt’s company, performed at a black-tie event at the Belfry Golf Club, in the Midlands, on Friday night.
After a late night, they were up at 5am on Saturday to make the trip from Birmingham to London where they spent three hours filming for CBBC’s Friday Download programme.
And Ruff Diamond, made up of Zac Healey, 21, Aaron Staunch and Jason Lund, both 19, Ryan Wilson, 18 and Ryan Llewellyn and Lewis Cope, both 17, then had to find a studio in Watford to hire on Saturday afternoon to put the final touches to their routine ahead of the UK hip-hop championships.
And it was to be a winning routine as, for the very first time, the lads were crowned as UK champions.
“Honestly, I think it’s probably the most difficult weekend I’ve ever had,” said Zac, nursing a few aches and pains after Saturday’s efforts.
“We were all just out on our feet by the end of the night on Saturday.
“I don’t actually know how we managed to dance the last time, you could see on our faces just how exhausted we were.”
But for Zac and the rest of the lads, the tiring schedule was worth every ounce of effort.
“We were really, really proud to win it, we were all buzzing, we still are,” he added.
“I think the experience from Got To Dance has helped us at big events. We’ve got the confidence now to try out some of the big moves that perhaps we wouldn’t have done in the past.”
The lads now have the opportunity of a trip to Las Vegas for the World Championships. They would all “love” to take part, but with bookings for big events coming in thick and fast, they will have to make sure it doesn’t clash.
“If we can, then we definitely will,” added Zac.