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Kings and Queens 'gutted' by Britain's Got Talent exit

Latin dancers "already have many opportunities in the pipeline" following talent show journey

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Kings and Queens performing at the Britain's Got Talent auditions

Latin dancing group Kings and Queens had their dreams of making the Britain's Got Talent final shattered after being knocked out at the semi-final stage.

The dance troupe is made up of several couples, including 29-year-old Kerri Donaldson whose parents own the Diamond Dance Centre in North Camp.

The centre has been run for the past 47 years by Colin and Jacqui Donaldson, and their tuition has helped her win several international competitions.

Kerri, from Farnham, learnt her first moves in the North Camp studio.

Kings and Queens wowed the ITV show's judges with a Latin routine to Michael Jackson's Dangerous during the auditions, screened last month.

The troupe got standing ovations from the audience and presenters Ant and Dec despite having only formed a month earlier following years of competing against one another all over the world.

They made it to the live semi-finals and appeared on screen on Saturday evening (May 31), but were knocked out as singing group Jack Pack and dance duo Paddy and Nico were granted spots in the grand final, which takes place this weekend.

A statement from Kings and Queens, posted on Diamond Dance Centre's website, said: "Of course we are gutted not to be going further in the competition but we already have many opportunities in the pipeline and after a few days' rest will be back in the studio.

"The last few months have been absolutely amazing and we are so proud of what we have achieved."

The group said they hoped to get "bigger and better" and thanked everyone who had supported them throughout the course of the competition.

 
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