Britain's Got Talent's Jack Higgins reveals the heartbreak behind his emotional performances

JACK HIGGINS

Britain's Got Talent 2016 semi-finalist Jack Higgins has revealed the heartbreak behind his emotional audition.

We saw Jack wowing the judges during the auditions stage with his dancing, ending the performance in tears.

The 14-year-old had opened up to the judges about his passion for dance: "I was getting bullied, people saying I was gay and dancing like a girl and ballet was for girls."

But there was even more to the emotion in Jack's routine, revealing this week: “Me and my choreographer chose that song Say Something because we’ve both lost people in our family, and that song says something about people passing.

“I felt it was about my grandad and my nan."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Jack explained: “My nan knew I had an audition for Britain’s Got Talent but she died in January and I didn’t do the judges’ audition until February.

“She was very proud though and I know she would be really proud if she was still here."

He went on say: “She did tap dancing when she was younger so she used to say I took after her.

“So it meant a lot for me to do that dance for her in her memory.”

Also chatting to the tabloid, Jack's mum Debbie told how the response from the judges during the BGT audition had given Jack more confidence.

“He’s a lot happier today," she said. “After receiving those comments from the judges, especially Simon, he’s got a lot more confident.

“Jack’s the one standing on the stage, and the bullies aren’t.”

Jack will be performing live in tonight's latest semi-final on ITV from 7:30PM.

Alongside Jack, other acts in this evening's live semi-final include Simon Cowell's golden buzzer act Boogie Storm, dancing drones Flying Bebop, magician Richard Jones, singer Josh Curnow and girl group Zyrah Rose.

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