Dagenham secondary school pupils perform in Britain’s Got Talent final as DVJ

PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 05 June 2018

DVJ reached the Britain's Got Talent final. Picture: ITV

DVJ reached the Britain's Got Talent final. Picture: ITV


Two secondary school pupils from Dagenham appeared in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Isaac Akinyemi, a Year 7 pupil at Jo Richardson Community School and Teisha Peters, a Year 9 pupil at All Saints Catholic School, are members of DVJ, a dance troupe coached by Ashley Banjo who was in Diversity, previous winners of the ITV talent show.

However DVJ missed out on the top prize, which was won by comedian Lost Voice Guy.

In the final on Sunday night DVJ picked up 7.1 per cent of votes, compared to Lost Voice Guy’s 21pc.

Despite failing to be crowned overall winners, the group received a lot of praise from judges.

Alesha Dixon said: “The tricks were insane. You are young but you dance with such maturity.

“You guys have an amazing career ahead of you. You are so advanced for your age, it’s incredible.”

Amanda Holden said: “The energy, the discipline, the sharpness, the sense of humour in this choreography is genius. I feel so proud of you.

“You deserve the standing ovation and all the support behind you. You stand alone and you are great.”

Simon Cowell also praised the street dance troupe’s performance, saying they have an “unbelievable connection with each other” and that although they came into the semi-final as underdogs they stood a chance of being “a real surprise winner”.

David Walliams said: “Everyone has been saying you are amazing for your age - for any age you are amazing. That was out of this world, I don’t think I have ever seen a better dance routine.”

Teisha’s deputy headteacher, Nick Pauro, praised her achievement, calling her time on the show “a life changing” experience.

“Her classmates and teachers are in awe of her creativity and expressive dance moves but even more so of how Teisha has remained humble about her television appearances and huge online support.

“The school will be celebrating Teisha in assembly and hope that she may be able to hone her talent still further in the new mirror-walled dance studio that was built this year.”

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