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Ipswich boy Samuel Phillippo-Clapp celebrates after dance group Phoenix Boys receives golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent





A young dancer from a Suffolk town is celebrating after his group received the golden buzzer on Saturday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent.

Samuel Phillippo-Clapp, of Ipswich, was part of the dance company Phoenix Boys who took to the stage at the London Palladium in front of an audience of hundreds for their audition.

They were left jumping for joy after dance legend Bruno Tonioli hit the golden buzzer so hard that he smashed it.

Samuel Phillippo-Clapp is part of dance company Phoenix Boys. Picture: Visual Odyessy
Samuel Phillippo-Clapp is part of dance company Phoenix Boys. Picture: Visual Odyessy

The group boasts members from across the UK but Samuel, who trains at The Company Performing Arts, is the only one from Suffolk.

He said: “Dancing on the Palladium stage with so many talented male dancers was the most incredible feeling ever, but to hear the cannons go off and be surrounded by falling golden confetti was just the most magical moment.

“I cannot wait for the live shows now.”

After hugging and congratulating the Phoenix Boys, a tearful Bruno said how the group reminded him of being a young male dancer.

“I know how hard it is, what you do. People don’t really understand how hard it is to succeed as a dancer,” he said.

“The work that goes into it, the passion. You literally do it for nothing. You do it for love. I felt that.

Samuel is from Ipswich and trains at The Company Performing Arts. Picture: Rachel Phillippo-Green
Samuel is from Ipswich and trains at The Company Performing Arts. Picture: Rachel Phillippo-Green

“What really touches people is when you perform from the heart. It’s the truth of your performance. That’s what remains in people’s minds.

“You touched me and I think you touched everybody here.”

Samuel will be appearing in the semi-finals which run on ITV from May 27 until May 30, hoping to secure a place in the final on June 5.

On June 1 and June 2, the youngster is joining the cast of SpongeBob The Musical with the Company of Four for three performances at Woodbridge Community Centre, where he will be dancing as one of the Electric Skates.

Samuel will be appearing in the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals which run from May 27 until May 30. Picture: Visual Odyessy
Samuel will be appearing in the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals which run from May 27 until May 30. Picture: Visual Odyessy

Phoenix Boys is a nationwide dance associate programme which runs in London, Manchester and Birmingham, and provides supplementary training to budding male dancers with no audition to be involved.