Britain’s Got Talent is a television show that centers around the unique talents located in Britain. The grand prize is a quarter of a million pounds. The show has gone on for 11 seasons since 2007. But most recently, a dance group by the name of Mersey Girls took the stage by storm.
The group is composed of exceptional dancers but it was the medical condition of dancer Julia Carlile that caught the judge’s eye.
That one judge, in particular, was Simon Cowell.
Julia Carlile suffers from scoliosis which is when the spine curves to a side. Anything that is more than 10 degrees deviated from the center is considered scoliosis.
Due to the medical condition, Julia’s career as a dancer was at risk. Her chance to go on Britain’s Got Talent was her last shot at dance stardom before undergoing surgery in the States.
The expensive procedure costing nearly $200,000 US involves a method that fuses the spine with metal rods. This would leave Julia with little to no flexibility and no chance at ever dancing again.
The group of girls was hoping to take the prize money of 250,000 pounds (which is approximately 327,000 US dollars) to help pay for the operation.
Unfortunately, the group didn’t win the competition and instead came in ninth place. But Simon decided he was going to help the girls and their families out by paying for Julia’s surgery.
In an interview, Julia said: ‘Simon came and spoke to us backstage. Just walking off stage and he said he was paying for it and I couldn’t believe it.’
Julia’s mother, Kate, said this in an interview: ‘it’s the first time Julia has had any kind of hope about being able to dance in the future. We are in a very privileged position because of Simon.’
Simon, who is usually portrayed as the strict and mean judge, foreshadowed the kind act by saying this at the end of their performance: ‘You know when we met when we did the auditions, I was thinking, I think there’s a reason why you came on this year.’
He continued on by saying: ‘because I promise you this: whatever happens, we’ll make sure you’re in a great place. I promise you.’
Julia was ecstatic about the good news. ‘I’m beyond happy and it means we can carry on dancing together for the rest of our lives.’
‘He didn’t have to do it and he has changed my life. There are no words to thank him for how grateful we are. It’s just unbelievable.’
And it certainly is amazing when someone does a kind and generous act such as Simon’s without the need for public acknowledgment. You go, Simon!