‘BGT: Champions’ Features The Kid Bullied For Dancing. Watch The Comeback
One of the most memorable moments from last week’s premiere episode of BGT: The Champions was a performance from the dance group Boogie Storm. They reached the finals in Season 10 of Britain’s Got Talent by dressing as Stormtroopers from Star Wars and getting their groove on.
During their most recent performance, they added a new twist to the routine — a little Stormtrooper. The young dancer’s identity remained a secret at first, just like the rest of the dancers. However, he’s now been revealed as 11-year-old Kevin Turner.
Who Is Kevin Turner?
According to BBC, when Boogie Storm decided to add a young dancer to their group, Kevin was chosen from hundreds of possible additions. “I couldn’t believe it really,” Kevin told the outlet of being chosen.
Unfortunately, Kevin was bullied by his peers for his love of dancing, and had to move schools because of it when he was 8. “It made me feel like I should stop dancing,” he told BBC. “But then I just realised that I shouldn’t stop because I’m so keen on it.”
Although the Boogie Storm dancers don’t usually show their faces, creator Lee Seddon explained of Kevin’s unmasking, “He’s gone through tough times and I thought it was important to get his story across.”
How Did Boogie Storm Do On ‘BGT: Champions’?
On Saturday’s premiere episode, Boogie Storm brought down the house with an energetic dance routine set to songs like “YMCA” and “Baby Got Back.” Toward the end of the performance, Kevin appeared on a platform behind the judges.
The young dancer did some flossing before joining the rest of the group on stage. Simon Cowell, who gave the group the Golden Buzzer their first time around, said it was his favorite act of the night.
“I’m gonna ask you a question. You’re not Eric, are you?” Simon asked the smallest Stormtrooper, referring to his own son, who’s 5 years old. “We have the next generation of Stormtroopers. This is everything I’ve always wanted.”
Despite Simon’s praise, Boogie Storm was not one of the two acts who made it through to the finals after Saturday’s episode. However, Kevin’s story will hopefully inspire other young people who have been bullied.
“I wanted to show these people that no matter what you do in life, if you’re passionate about something – it could be dance or it could be football – you stick to it, and you don’t listen to other people,” Lee Seddon told BBC.