Countrywide success

CountryVive, which has two members from Wigan, performed on Britain's Got Talent
CountryVive, which has two members from Wigan, performed on Britain's Got Talent
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FOLLOWING their success on Britain’s Got Talent, CountryVive now have their sights on Glastonbury - and Las Vegas.

Wigan member Paul Culshaw said that he would love to perform with country legends Dolly Parton or Shania Twain.

The 30-year-old, from Abram, said: “Fingers crossed Dolly Parton might have watched us and wants to dance with us at Glastonbury.

“And if Shania Twain wanted us at Vegas, we would not say no.”

The 18-strong troupe, which hail from all across the country, made it through to the live semi finals, but crashed out on Monday night’s show. But the team remain optimistic about the future.

Paul said: “We were a little disappointed but it was a great experience. It was great to spend time with the rest of the team. We had spent so much more time with each other these past few months than we had all year. Plus we managed to achieve our mission of bringing line and country dancing to the fore.

“We have had so much feedback. I don’t think people realise that country music is so accessible. A lot of people have covered country music in a more poppy way and so we don’t hear it in it’s true form.

“So it is nice to bring it out there.”

Abbie Ingham, 23, of Springfield, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and it is not something everyone gets to experience. Being on live TV was nerve wracking but I was with all my friends on stage. We got good comments from the judges, but I was a bit disappointed by Simon Cowell’s comments when he said we were a bit messy, as he was the one we wanted to impress the most.

“But after we watched the clip back we felt it was very clean and slick and better than our audition.”

The group are now looking ahead to competing in World Dance Masters Championships, as well as European competitions.

Meanwhile, fans were surprised not to even see Kym Marsh’s daughter sing in front of the judges.

Emilie Cunliffe, 16, sang Norah Jones’ I Don’t Know Why. David Walliams said she was ‘very brave’ to audition, saying: “It must be hard with your mum being well known who did so well coming from a show like this, but you did brilliantly well. It was a fantastic audition.”

A spokesman for BGT said that due to time constraints, not all auditions could be shown.