Amanda Holden "devastated" over Paddy & Nico Britain's Got Talent exit

Paddy and Nico

Britain's Got Talent 2014 judge Amanda Holden has given her best wishes to her Golden Buzzer act Paddy & Nico after they were forced to withdraw from the competition.

The duo - 39-year-old Spanish dance teacher Nico and his 79-year-old student Paddy - were put straight through to the semi-finals in the first episode of the series after shocking the audience with an energetic routine involving numerous turns and tricks.

However, it was confirmed this afternoon that they will no longer compete in the live shows after Paddy cracked a rib while rehearsing a routine in Spain.

"After seeking medical advice, Paddy will not be able to perform in the semi-final," said a BGT spokesperson. "Unfortunately because of this Paddy and Nico have had to withdraw from the competition."

Amanda - the panellist who gave her Golden Buzzer place to the pair - has since said she's "devastated" by the news, wishing Paddy a "speedy recovery".

In a statement posted on the show's official website, Amanda said: "I'm devastated Paddy and Nico won't be dancing in the finals.

"Ever since I first saw Paddy dance I fell in love with her. I was so looking forward to her and Nico wowing us with another amazing routine in the semi-finals and I really think she could have won the whole show.

"The most important thing though is that she makes a speedy recovery and gets back to living life to the full."

Paddy & Nico were due to perform in tomorrow night's semi-final. It is currently unclear if another act will replace them in the line-up.

Britain's Got Talent continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV, when Simon Cowell and Ant & Dec's golden choices Bars & Melody and Toju Okorodudu will compete for public votes.

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