A real dilemma for ultra-proud Val

A HARTLEPOOL mum faces the ultimate in dilemmas – deciding on which of her talented children to watch performing live on the same night.

Dance school owner Val Armstrong, 48, still can’t believe the sheer coincidence which means, potentially, both her son Zac Healey, 22, and daughter Hollie Sorelle, 25, have important dates on Sunday, March 17.

Zac is part of the Hartlepool-based Ruff Diamond dance crew which takes part in the semi-finals of the Sky 1 HD competition Got To Dance this Sunday.

If the crew progresses to the finals, they will have to perform live in front of a 6,000-strong audience at Kensington Olympia, on March 17, to compete for the grand prize of £250,000.

But also on March 17, Hollie has been asked to dance at the London Palladium in a charity gala performance. The show will raise money for the Caron Keating Foundation, in memory of the television presenter.

Also on the bill will be Lionel Blair, Gloria Hunniford, Caprice, Rula Lenska, Gaby Roslin, Gok Wan, Angela Rippon, Brian Conley, Russell Grant and Wendi Peters.

Val said: “What are the chances of that happening? It is unbelievable but I am so proud of them both and what they have achieved.”

She said the decision on who to watch was “a bit of a tricky one”.

But if Zac and the rest of Ruff Diamond reach the finals, then Val and some members of the family will watch him while others including grandparents will be in the audience at the London Palladium.

Val added: “Hollie is disappointed that she won’t be able to watch Zac if they get through. She would have loved to be there for him, but work comes first.”

Meanwhile, the tension is continuing to mount for the Ruff Diamond crew members – and for their friends and families.

Val said: “None of us are sleeping. It is ridiculous. There is a lot of nervous energy at the moment for everyone and we are running on adrenaline.”

Ruff Diamond will be performing live in the semi-finals of Got To Dance on Sky 1 HD from 6pm this Sunday.

The dance groups to go through to the show’s final are decided by a public vote.

But people can only find out how to vote by watching the show.

Viewers need to make a vote of the number to call to vote for Ruff Diamond on the show or vote online at the Got To Dance website.