Imagine testing not only a new skill but also a new relationship, by performing on “Britain’s Got Talent” after only three months.
But rollerblading duo Rosie Axon and Adam Jukes did just that.
When the two of them skated onto the stage, the judges were immediately skeptical. Their disbelief only grew when Axon and Jukes revealed they had only been dating for three months and had only been skating together for that same length of time. But what’s more, Axon had never even rollerbladed much at all before then, except occasionally during childhood.
Simon Cowell, in particular, looked unimpressed at the timeline, whispering to the other judges about the short time of their training.
But when the pair took to the stage with their act set to “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight,” they immediately took everyone’s breath away. First, they made “Ahs” break out as they exchanged two quick kisses on the cheek before their act.
They have a 17-year age difference — Axon is 21 and Jukes is 38 — and a significant height difference too, at 5 feet and 5 feet 9 inches, respectively. But the duo moves together as though they’d been doing it for years.
Their act wasn’t just about smooth moves, although it had plenty of those.
It also had an element of danger. The crowd gasped as Jukes threw Axon up in the air and even swung her around by her ankle with her head just barely missing the floor.
“Oh, my goodness!” said Judge Alesha Dixon. “You’re like the Dirty Dancing of roller skating. It was absolutely thrilling. The way you threw her — and you landed so perfectly — was super impressive.”
The act was utterly breathtaking, combining the look of a gymnastics and professional ice-skating routine with ballroom dance.
When they finished, all four judges leaped to their feet to give them a standing ovation.
“You’ve taken something that might have been seen as a bit old-fashioned, and you’ve made it really cool, really sexy, really up-to-date,” said Judge David Walliams. “It was fantastic.”
The couple was thrilled to hear the responses, but of course, it was Cowell’s opinion that carried the most weight.
Notoriously difficult to impress, he doesn’t settle for anything but the best.
“Yeah, I know quite a lot about this, and what was interesting was that you did the triple action 60-degree vertical drop, which is seriously — trust me — you just don’t see this after three months,” said Judge Simon Cowell. “It was more like ice skating, ‘cause I find rollerblading a bit boring. This was a really, really good act. It really was three months? Amazing!”
The couple was voted through to the live rounds with four enthusiastic yeses.
“I can’t believe it,” said Judge Amanda Holden. “It was exciting, it was well put together, it was dangerous.”
Since their audition aired, opinions have flown online about whether they’ve really only been working together for three months. After such a short time, it’ll be amazing to see what they can do after years together.
Please SHARE this with your friends and family.
Follow your friends or be the first to join our group