Ali and Grace just miss out on Britain's Got Talent semi-final win

Grace and Ali on tonight's show.
Grace and Ali on tonight's show.

Dancers Ali Rasul and Grace Durkin have lost out on a place in the final of Britain's Got Talent - but could yet get through on a wildcard place.

The 16-year-old from Hartlepool and fellow Stockton Riverside College Performing Arts student Grace, 17, danced before judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden in the semi-final of the ITV1 show tonight.

They went up against soul singer Destiny Chuckunyere, 66-year-old DJ Dizzy Twilight, singer Harry Gardner, young magician Issy Simpson, comedy act Matt Edwards, opera singing teenager Leah Barniville and dance group Taptastic.

The couple were announced as one of three top acts from the show after 1.5million votes were cast by viewers within the 30 minute poll.

They were shortlisted alongside Issy and Matt, with the funnyman scooping one place and the tearful schoolgirl magic wizz gaining the biggest share of the votes.

That means Ali and Grace are out of the contest, but presenters Ant and Dec quickly pointed out they could still make it through to the grand finale of the series with the willdcard vote, which will be cast at the end of the week.

The couple, seen as they tell viewers about their lives in the semi-final show.

The couple, seen as they tell viewers about their lives in the semi-final show.

Their close call with a win came after David, Alesha and Simon tipped the contemporary dancers for the top.

The couple, who met and fell in love as they studied, told the audience in a preview video run before their performance how their relationship had developed and how much being part of the show means to them.

Ali told viewers they were grateful to get so far in the show and added it was a "once in a lifetime opportunity."

Following their performance, they were given a standing ovation by David, Alesha and Amanda, while hosts Ant and Dec rushed to congratulate them on their display.

Ali and Grace as they perform during an earlier instalment of Britain's Got Talent.

Ali and Grace as they perform during an earlier instalment of Britain's Got Talent.

Amanda said of their contemporary dance routine: "It really took me by surprise, it's left me emotional.

"You brought a freshness, it really felt cool and light and just felt beautifully choreographed.

"It was wonderful."

Simon added: "Yesterday, I said to a dance group I was frustrated because I didn't feel they had added anything from their first audition to their live performance.

The three top acts as they wait to find out which two won a place in the Britain's Got Talent final.

The three top acts as they wait to find out which two won a place in the Britain's Got Talent final.

"This was the reverse.

"I really felt you had put so much effort and thought and time into this."

He also said their display had been "absolutely stunning."

David said it is was an "incredible" appearance and added: "If there's any justice, you will be in the final at the weekend."

Alesha also agreed they should make the final and called their audition "fantastic."

The overall winner of the show will scoop £250,000 and a spot in the Royal Variety Show.