Diamonds give gem of show

Got To Dance Series 3'London Auditions'Day 5
Got To Dance Series 3'London Auditions'Day 5

A DANCE crew from Hartlepool has impressed the judges in the first stages of a television competition to find bright new stars.

Ruff Diamond were shown auditioning in front of a panel of expert judges in the third series of the Sky 1 HD show Got To Dance at the weekend.

They got gold stars from each of the judges in the competition, hosted by Davina McCall, which offers a cash prize of £250,000 to the eventual winners.

Auditions are judged by a panel which consists of West End star and actor Adam Garcia, singer and trained dancer Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, lead dancer and choreographer of Diversity.

Eight audition shows were filmed in Dublin, Glasgow and London and the last of those will be broadcast this Sunday.

Next, the judges must whittle those who made the shortlist down to a final 30, who will then compete across five live semi-final shows.

Ruff Diamond and the other crews still in the running are waiting to find out if they have progressed further.

The Hartlepool crew is no stranger to success. Their dancing achievements so far have included being ranked ninth in the world in the under 18 varsity category at the Hip Hop International World Finals in 2011, and gaining silver in the varsity category of the iDance Hip Hop Championships in both 2010 and 2011.