A sneak peek at Saturday’s edition of “Britain’s Got Talent” promises an emotional episode, thanks to a dance group called RISE.
In a video from the upcoming episode, above, the group perform for the talent show’s judges, and it’s clear this is no ordinary dance routine.
“RISE are a dance group who are sharing an inspirational message of positivity and hope,” reads the description of the episode. “The group perform their routine using wheelchairs in solidarity to one dancer, Hollie, who was injured in the Manchester Attack last year.”
Wearing bee-emblazoned t-shirts in honour on Manchester, the dance group — whose members range in age from 10 to 24 — features 13-year-old Hollie Booth, who, reports the Daily Mail, “still uses a wheelchair after suffering two broken legs in the attack, as well as nerve damage, and has undergone 11 operations with more in the future.”
According to the Mail, Booth told the judges that the performance marked her first time in an arena since the horrific terror attacks launched during an Ariana Grande concert.
“It’s always difficult coming back to Manchester,” she said. “This is the first place I have been like an, not like an arena, but it is a bit.”
After the dramatic performance — which culminates with Booth standing from her wheelchair and raising her fists — hosts Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin were reported to be visibly moved.
“Oh God, it gets you, doesn’t it?” said Donnelly, while McPartlin could be seen wiping away tears while responding, “It does, doesn’t it. Yeah, I know.”