Town gets behind Britain’s Got Talent dancers as they hope to still reach the final

Hartlepools Ali Rasul and his dance partner Grace Durkin.
Hartlepools Ali Rasul and his dance partner Grace Durkin.
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A Hartlepool dancer and his partner are still the town’s favourites - despite missing out on a place in the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The town’s Ali Rasul, 16, and his dance partner, Grace Durkin, 17, narrowly missed out on making it through to the last stage when they appeared in the semi-finals of the show on Tuesday night.

However, they could still get through to the grand finale of the series on Saturday night if they get the wild card vote, which will be cast at the end of the week.

The pair, who attend Stockton Riverside College of Performing Arts, were announced as one of three top acts from the show after 1.5million votes were cast by viewers.

But they sadly missed out on one of the two places which went to young magician, Issy Simpson, and comedy act, Matt Edwards.

Hartlepool people were supportive of the dancers on the Mail’s Facebook page.

Kelly Day, said: “That bloke is no way as talented as them two.”

Susan Bilton, wrote: “Amazing x.”

Catherine Taylor, added: “They were robbed. Way better than the rest. They were amazing.”

Chris Vincent, said: “Well done you two. Teesside is proud of you.”

Ann Beattie, wrote: “Well done brought tears ty xxx.”

Christine Orley, said: “Shocking they went out, they lost out to a poor act.”

Peter de Dee, said: “It’s been a great showcase for your talents. Xx.”

Peter Fletcher, added: “They should definitely have got through. They were far better than that comedian/magician. The final is just going to be full of similar acts with no variety. It needs some talented young dancers in the show. I do hope they get the wild card.”

Elly Garthwaite, said: “Well done.”

Ann Halliwell, added: “Hope you get the wild card.”

Jemma Jordinson, said: “Ali and Grace should be through.”

Elaine Scott, said: “Robbed.”

Nicky Hewitson, said: “Hope they get the wild card.”

June Richardson, said: “They were robbed should have got through instead of that stupid magician xx.”

Hazel Archer, added: “They were fantastic I love them xx.”

Their close call with a win came after judges, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams tipped them for the top.

They also got a standing ovation for their performance by David, Alesha and fellow judge, Amanda Holden.

Ali said they were grateful to get so far in the show and added it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”