Simon Cowell pays for Britain's Got Talent dancer's surgery

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Simon Cowell is paying for life changing surgery for Britain's Got Talent dancer Julia Carlile.

Julia is part of MerseyGirls (previously Just Us) who had hoped winning Britain's Got Talent would fund pioneering surgery.


MerseyGirls are a five piece dance troupe from The Wirral, made up of best friends Alice (17), Poppy (14), Julia (15), Annie (17) and Rebecca (16).

Speaking to panel before their first audition on the show back in the spring, Julia revealed she has Scoliosis which would leave her unable to dance.

"This is my last chance and I've always wanted to do it," she said.

MerseyGirls went on to perform to Rachel Platten's Fight Song in their audition and won Alesha Dixon's golden buzzer.

While they didn't win the show, Simon said he'll fund a life changing op for Julia that will hopefully allow her to keep dancing.


She'll fly out to the US later this month for the op, thought to cost around £175,000.

Julia told the Daily Mirror: "Simon came and spoke to us back stage. Just walking off stage and he said he was paying for it and I couldn't believe it.

"Annie came up to me and said Simon wants to speak to us.

"He said we did a really good performance."

Her mum added: "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.

"We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for girls and Simon and everyone who has supported them. The wave of support has been unbelievable."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper earlier this year, Simon said: "There’s no way I would ever have her [Julia] on this show and say, it’s all just about winning the £250,000. I couldn’t do that."

He explained: “You get letters, you get calls. You have to draw the line at a certain point. But I think if someone comes on in this situation, to do nothing would be, well, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.


“You create a connection. And I think with us, in this particular case, I think there is something we can do.

“There’s no way I would ever say: ‘Right, you came second, so it’s all over’.”

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