One sixth form cheerleading team to appear on Britain’s Got Talent with Ant and Dec
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A top cheerleading squad from an Ipswich sixth form is set to appear on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent, after sharing a stunning performance in Trafalgar Square this week.
The Ballistics cheerleading team from One travelled to London on Tuesday where it was involved in a filming day for the popular ITV talent contest.
The team met with a handful of other acts involved before giving its best with a special routine in front of a packed Trafalgar Square audience.
Katie Chamberlain, 19, who is currently studying her A-levels at One and is part of the Ballistics team, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity as we get to be on the opening of the show.
“Personally I got into this as one of my friends suggested it to me. I love it.
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“The whole group is like a family.
“I can’t quite get my head around it at the moment.
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“I’ve never been on TV before. All in all it’s been a great experience.”
As well as being able to share their skills to the gathered crowd and TV crew, the students were delighted to meet hosts Ant and Dec and pose for a photo with the popular presenting duo.
The team has already performed its audition earlier this year, and is now waiting to hear if it will be featured in the auditions phase of the contest, but Tuesday’s performance will be used in the opening sequence of the show alongside Ant and Dec and other acts when it airs this spring.
Coach Cathy Graham, a former professional dancer and cheerleader herself, said: “It was great to be involved in the filming of this.
“What an amazing experience.
“From small acorns we have grown in the last two years where we have been involved in competitions, performed at Portman Road and now this.
“I’m very proud of everyone.”
The team’s debut routine was performed in April last year during a match day at Portman Road, and have since gone on to graduate from the practice pitch to the main stadium among other appearances.
Colchester-based 17-year-old Rhianna Kiwomya said: “I got into this through our coach Cathy.
“I was quite shy at first but being in the group has brought out my confidence.
“It’s such a laugh and feels great that we are going to be on TV – it will be exciting to see how it all comes together.”