George William Sampson is an English street dancer, presenter, dancer, singer, actor. He won the second series of Britain’s Got Talent on 31 May 2008 at the age of 14. He is an official ambassador of the United Dance Organisation. In 2008, George Sampson successfully got through the first round of Britain’s Got Talent series 2 auditions by dancing to Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)”.
He then came top in the audience’s vote in his semi-final with his arrangement of Mint Royale‘s big beat remix of Singin’ in the Rain, complete with an artificial rain machine on-stage, a formula that had previously been produced in a television advertisement for the Volkswagen Golf GTI. He subsequently won the audience’s vote in the final, beating dance duo Signature (second place) and Andrew Johnston (third place). He broke into tears when his win was announced.
George Sampson was due to perform a different routine for the final, to a track by the Bee Gees, which he described as involving a lot of movement without me actually doing anything. An hour before the final started he changed his mind and, after consulting Simon Cowell, opted to re-perform his winning act from the semi-final.
The Mint Royale version of Singin’ in the Rain went to number 1 in the UK on download sales alone in the week following Sampson’s performance and Cowell’s label Syco had several requests for a video. In an interview the day after the final, George Sampson told of his return to normality the Monday after the event.
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