BGT The Champions Exclusive: MerseyGirls return after star's life-changing op

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions is pulling out all the stops as former finalist Julia Carlisle is set to make an epic comeback with her dance collective MerseyGirls after Simon Cowell paid for her life-changing operation two years ago.

Julia suffered from scoliosis, a condition which causes the spine to twist and curve out of shape, and performed alongside her five best pals for Simon, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon back in 2017, immediately heading to the live semi-finals after landing the latter’s Golden Buzzer.

But the teen’s time on Britain’s Got Talent was more than just a chance to perform for the royal family and bank £250,000 – it was Julia’s last chance to make her dreams come true.

So moved by Julia’s story, after the 2017 BGT final Simon flew the dancer to America and paid £175,000 for two major procedures which have kept the trooper dancing.

Julia’s been back to training in the studio and now can reveal she’s in talks to make her heart-warming return on the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions stage, where she’ll take on the likes of Susan Boyle for a chance to be crowned the ultimate BGT star.

‘This will be Julia’s first time back on Britain’s Got Talent since the operation and it’s set to be really emotional,’ a source told us.

Julia previously beamed as she got back to training with her MerseyGirls – Anne, Alice, Becky and Poppy – who formed when they were just five years old, initially going by the name Just Us.

Opening up to the Liverpool Echo immediately after her operation, Julia enthused: ‘I’ll be able to dance in another two months which is crazy because with the other surgery I just wouldn’t have been able to.

‘In the future MerseyGirls can carry on dancing for ever and ever, which is what we always dreamt of, so the surgery is literally the best thing that has ever happened.’

As it stands, MerseyGirls will be going up against living legend SuBo, who announced she was joining the BGT: The Champions line-up during the Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finale.

After the 58-year-old performed her new single A Million Dreams with Michael Ball, hosts Ant and Dec told crowds: ‘Susan is one the amazing acts who will be appearing on a very special new show coming up later on the year called Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

‘Where the finest acts of the last 13 years of BGT will compete with some of the best acts from around the world to find the ultimate champion. We can’t wait for that.’

Alesha recently told BGT: The Champions will begin filming next month and will likely air later this year.

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