Meet Billy Littlewood - the Hartlepool member of Britain's Got Talent semi finalists Phoenix Boys

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The Hartlepool member of a dance group is celebrating after hearing the treasured golden buzzer in Saturday night’s episode of hit television series Britain’s Got Talent.

Billy Littlewood, 17, and his Phoenix Boys colleagues are now through to the semi finals of the ITV show.

This is after judge Bruno Tonioli hit the buzzer so hard in response to the group’s performance at the London Palladium that he smashed it.

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Billy is a former St Hild’s Church of England School pupil who trains at Hartlepool’s KR Dance Studios and now studies musical theatre at Stockton Riverside College.

Phoenix Boy Billy Littlewood, from Hartlepool, is to appear in the upcoming live semi-final for ITV show Britain's Got Talent.Phoenix Boy Billy Littlewood, from Hartlepool, is to appear in the upcoming live semi-final for ITV show Britain's Got Talent.
Phoenix Boy Billy Littlewood, from Hartlepool, is to appear in the upcoming live semi-final for ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

He now cannot wait to go live in front of the nation in a few weeks with his friends.

Billy said: “I just don’t think any of us were expecting this. In that moment the whole experience changed. It felt incredible and we were all left jumping around the stage.”

Phoenix Boys is a nationwide dance associate programme which currently runs in London, Manchester and Birmingham and provides supplementary training to budding male dancers.

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The ethos of the company is to provide an environment for male dancers to thrive, whether dancing for a hobby or a career on stage or screen.

In training and rehearsals every day either for college, his dance school or the Phoenix Boys, Billy said: “It has been a busy time, and there’s more to come.

"But it has tested me as a performer and I have definitely benefitted from that.

“It has been a massive challenge but also an amazing experience so far. I have loved every part of it.”

Max Collumbell, 15, from Middlesbrough, also took part in the Phoenix Boys audition.

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