AN OSWALDTWISTLE dancer who failed to impress TV judges on Britain’s Got Talent has vowed not to give up on his dream.
Mark Holden, 17, of Hornby Street, attempted to win the heart of TV’s Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell, and his fellow judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden with his dancing partner Stevie Linagh, from Padiham.
The Accrington and Rossendale College performing arts students were awarded three red crosses before they managed to complete their routine.
Mark said: "We haven’t been dancing with each other for long but we won our college talent show in November so decided to give the show a go. We choreographed the ballet and hip hop routine ourselves. We really thought we were in with a chance."
But the judges thought differently.
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Simon Cowell said: "Can I be honest? That was absolutely useless, clumsy and amateurish. I honestly think I would do a better job with Amanda."
Piers Morgan added: "Well, it’s no surprise why you couldn’t think of anyone to compare yourself to is it?
"My advice to you (Stevie) is you’re not a bad dancer but I’d get rid of 50 Cent if I were you."
Mark and Stevie had received many good wishes including those from fellow performer and friend Michael New from Accrington.
Michael said: "I know Mark well, as we are both members of the Oswaldtwistle Players and the Sparks Theatre Group.
"I thought it was very brave of them to apply to the programme as they must have been under a lot of pressure with the audience, judges and cameras.
"Although I like Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan, I thought their comments were very cutting and hurtful. Young people should be encouraged to do well."
Mark added: "At first I laughed off the comments from Piers because I like 50 Cent.
"But I think it was a bit harsh.
"We are still dancing together but have re-jigged our routine a little and often perform on open evenings for the college.
"I still hope one day to perform on the stage, whether it be acting or dancing.
"The judges have not put me off my dream."