Televised Talent: Grandma’s Got Talent

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

A very wise Portage County woman once told me, “If you start doing something, you never have to stop.”

That woman was about the same age as Paddy, the 79-year-old dancer who showed her salsa skills on Britain’s Got Talent.

Before her performance, the slight British womanbwas asked if she could win the show. She said, “Oh, it would be very nice, but just as long as people enjoy what we’re doing and we give people pleasure, that’s the main thing.”

The ever acerbic Simon Cowell hit his buzzer to show his disapproval of the slow start, just seconds before Nico tossed her around like a rag doll.

She had been a dancer from the age of 2 1/2, but gave it up to raise her children. She moved to Spain with her husband, but after her husband died, she went to Nico’s dance academy to “learn something completely different” and “this is the result.”

“If she can, anyone can,” Nico said.

Cowell later apologized for his premature button-pushing.

“I apologize for what I did because I did obviously buzz a little early,” he said. “The British public are going to fall in love with Paddy. She is going to steal the show.”

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