Belper group on TV talent show

NBENLM110516C1 - members of Hot Pot Theatre group from Belper that appeared on Britain's got Talent. back from left Nadja Guy, Haydee Phipps, Pam Ryder, Lesley Lowe, front from left Maggie Braley and Nick Delves
NBENLM110516C1 - members of Hot Pot Theatre group from Belper that appeared on Britain's got Talent. back from left Nadja Guy, Haydee Phipps, Pam Ryder, Lesley Lowe, front from left Maggie Braley and Nick Delves

a QUIRKY theatre group from Belper showed Baywatch star David Hasselhoff that they were ‘Hoff’ their trolleys on hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

The Hot Pot Theatre group showcased their talents in front of millions when they were featured on the ITV1 talent contest in Manchester on Saturday.

To the tune of Moon River, the ten-strong group performed a synchronised shopping trolley dance in an attempt to impress Hasselhoff, known as the Hoff, and fellow judges comedian Michael McIntyre and actress Amanda Holden.

Five of the group dressed in suits to twirl the other five, who were kitted out in swimming costumes, around the stage in shopping trolleys.

Maggie Braley, a founder member of the group, choreographed the dance. She told the TV cameras: “It is quite surprising to people when they see it.

“But people have told us they feel quite moved by it.”

One person who was not moved by it was McIntyre. The comedian gave a thumbs down early on and then said: “With all due respect it is people in shopping trolleys.”

But, fortunately, he was out-voted by Hasselhoff and Holden, who both said yes to them going through to the next round.

Holden said: “It’s different, it’s mad, but I have to say I enjoyed it.”

She later added: “In five years of this show we have never had that. That is bizarre.”

Another founder member, Haydee Phipps, who spoke to the judges when the group was on stage, said: “It was all a bit mad. It was terrifying before we went on stage. But when we got on stage I was fine.

“There was a lot they didn’t show on the TV. We had a lot of banter with the Hoff, which wasn’t shown.”

She continued: “Michael McIntyre just did not get it. We were slightly disappointed that he didn’t see the tongue-in-cheek side of it, being as he is a comedian.”

Unfortunately, Hot Pot was never called back for the next round in London and will not be appearing in the semi-finals, despite what was said during the TV show.

Haydee said: “They have changed their minds. And we had prepared a dance for the semi-finals.”

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