Teenager Elliot Parmar came so close to twisting his way into the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
But the 14-year-old from Rushden, who performed last night as part of the Twist and Pulse Dance Company, was pipped to the post by singer Molly Rainford, 11.
Elliot and his group came within touching distance of Saturday’s showdown after finishing in the top three but received fewer votes from the public.
After their performance, judge David Walliams was drowned out by the studio audience as they cheered the group on.
He said: “Tonight was fantastic – you are all stars.
“I think you’re the dance group to beat in this competition.”
But when the judges could not decide who to send through, Elliot’s fate was decided by the public.
Twist and Pulse first tasted success in the competition two years ago when they narrowly missed out to Spellbound in the live final.
Not content with being runners-up, the hip-hop duo, consisting of dancers Ashley Glazebrook (Twist) and Glen Murphy (Pulse), put together their own dance company.
They spotted Elliot earlier this year while scouting the country for new talent.
Elliot, who attends Sharnbrook Upper School, has been dancing for just two years but has already represented England in the World Street Dancing Championships.
He now spends almost every weekend rehearsing with the group in Kent.
Elliot’s dad Yogi Parmar said he was both nervous and excited ahead of the semi-final.
He said: “He absolutely loves dancing – he’s a natural.
“He’s done really well to get so far.
“I am both nervous and excited about the semi-final, but I would just love him to get to the final.”
The group performed a humorous dance to a cut soundtrack, bringing judge Alesha Dixon to her feet after including one of her own songs.
Simon Cowell added: “There are a lot of young people getting a lot of bad press but you guys are a great example.”
The group does have a glimmer of hope, with one unsuccessful semi-finalist to be chosen by the judges to perform in the final as a ‘wild card’ act.