This weekend marked an emotional reunion for Simon Cowell while filming BGT. Dancer Julia Carlile, who appeared on the show in 2017, returned to the stage for Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. Simon famously paid for the teen's scoliosis surgery after her dance team came close to winning the show.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=Qzy_-kAT4Bg\nSimon Cowell paid for 'BGT' teen dancer Julia Carlile's surgery \n\n\n\nJulia and her fellow dancers, the MerseyGirls, had planned to use the prize money to pay for Julia's surgery. However, when they lost the competition, Simon stepped up and made it happen. He paid for Julia to have \u00a3175,000 surgery in the United States. (The UK option would have put a steel rod in her back and kept her from dancing.)\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=3M7aDBrcLGU\nMersyGirls audition on 'BGT' with Simon Cowell\n\n\n\nSimon Cowell Breaks Down In Tears\n\n\n\nAccording to The Sun, 17-year-old Julia performed at Wembley Arena for The Champions on Saturday, and even showed off a backflip as part of her group's routine.\n\n\n\nSimon was apparently so emotional that he could barely speak at first, and even had to leave the judging table to compose himself. "All I want to talk about is one person\u2019s strength and, beyond that, the friendship and support you all have, which we saw the first time we met you," he reportedly said.\n\n\n\nHe added that it "means everything" to see them come back to the show.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=1pWtZMVpY20\nBritain's Got Talent: MercyGirls Golden Buzzer by Alesha Dixon\n\n\n\nPregnant Alesha Dixon Reunites With Golden Buzzer\n\n\n\nFellow judge Alesha Dixon hit the Golden Buzzer for MerseyGirls during their original appearance on the show. Alesha, who is currently pregnant, reportedly responded to Saturday's performance by saying, \u201cThat just made my heart soar. Simon, I love you, I love what you\u2019ve done for her.\u201d \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B0dwfSfJTPD\/\nAlesha Dixon hit her Golden Buzzer for MersyGirls on 'BGT'\n\n\n\nJulia, meanwhile, had words of gratitude for Simon. \u201cI thought that now I would be at home not dancing for the rest of my life \u2014 but here I am backflipping with my best friends," she apparently said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t walk two years ago and now I am here." She thanked Simon and shared, "I don\u2019t think I have ever been so happy as I am right now.\u201d \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B0T4tkJAZ6t\/\n\n\n\n\nSimon Cowell Shows His Softer Side\n\n\n\nSimon may have made a name for himself as the mean judge on shows like American Idol, but he's been showing his softer side in recent years. Julia Carlile isn't the only talent show contestant he's helped through a hard time.\n\n\n\nLast year, Simon helped The X Factor UK contestant Scarlett Lee after her family home burned down. He reportedly sent over toys for her brother's kids, as well as clothes and other items.\n\n\n\nLooks like Simon should change his nickname from Mr. Nasty to Mr. Softie.