The Accusation Of Cruelty Against Children That Has Plagued ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Winner, Spelbound
Winning Britain’s Got Talent should mean complete and utter happiness for the act. But for the acrobatic gymnastics group Spelbound, there were some things going on behind the scenes that overshadowed their victory. Take a look at their gravity-defying audition below that started it all.
Spelbound Won ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ In 2010
Spelbound won season four of Britain’s Got Talent in 2010. The group featured members from the ages of 12 to 24 and they brought along coach Neil Griffiths whom they called a “strict parent.” They put on an incredible showing of skills during their audition including dangerous stunts and lifts. Their performance in the semi-finals was just absolutely stunning in a homage to fire and ice. It was no surprise when they were announced as the winners of season four after putting on a spectacle that was anything but ordinary each and every week.
While the group did a few public performances after their Britain’s Got Talent win, several of the original members broke apart from the group to pursue their solo gymnastics careers. Some of them retired from the sport completely and others went on to become coaches and even star in other productions. The remaining group members performed at the Olympics in 2012. Members Elise Matthews, Georgia Lancaster and Millie Spalding have won three consecutive world championships as a trio in acrobatic gymnastics but they have since retired after winning gold.
The Group Went Through A Scandal In 2015 And Have Now Gone Their Separate Ways
Griffiths, their coach was arrested in 2015 on suspicions of cruelty to young gymnasts. This came as a complete shock to the entire world as nobody had suspected this was going on behind the scenes. Three separate parents came forward with suspicions that their children were subject to cruelty during their time with Spelbound. At the time, sources close to Simon Cowell said the judge was shocked and had no idea anything like this was happening. A parent of one of the kids that Griffiths trained said “He is a very powerful and influential figure. He has achieved a great deal but his training programs are extremely tough. He is a very demanding coach.” People always marveled at how each young member of the group had such rock hard abs, but of course, that came with intense training.
The charges were dropped before the case went to trial. “I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received, but devastated that the good name I have built up over 15 years in the sport, training British, European and world champions, has been tarnished and called into question,” Griffiths told the Daily Mail. The whole scandal really did ruin his career and the future of Spelbound. The group pretty much all went their separate ways after 2015. Some of the younger members were gearing up for the 2020 summer Olympics which have since been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.