'BGT' judges to give autistic dancer standing ovation

An autistic dancer will wow the judges on `Britain's Got Talent' tonight.

An autistic dancer will wow the judges on `Britain's Got Talent' tonight.

Eleven-year-old James Hobley receives a standing ovation after performing a ballet routine on the ITV1 talent search show and judges David Hasselhoff, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre are impressed with his moves and touched by his story as he explains how dancing saved him from having to wear orthopaedic boots and leg splits.

He tells them: "When I started dancing my tendons just got looser and looser until I never had to wear them any more.

"It's the feeling of when I dance, I feel free - like I can do anything. Dancing is my life."

The judges are not the only people overcome with emotion, as James' mum Sheila cries backstage, host Ant McPartlin announces he is about to break into tears too.

James previously appeared on Sky 1 show `Got To Dance' in 2009, where host Davina McCall defended producers' decision to allow him to appear after critics argued he would not be able to handle the pressure..

She said: "If James had been spectacularly bad and he'd been laughed at on stage then I would have been very upset. But it's nothing like that. James is a gifted dancer and in fact, dancing has helped him in the most amazing way.

"He hasn't been put in the firing line to be laughed at. Viewers will love him."

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