The BRITAIN’S Got Talent judges are moved to tears this weekend as a Ukrainian schoolboy dances after fleeing the war-torn country.
Eight-year-old Nazarii Miroshnychenko moved to Britain from Kharkiv eight months ago with his mother Olena Lazurko and three siblings, leaving his father behind to fight Russia.
In a screen-worthy story, the youngster’s talent saw him being recruited by the United To Dance troupe from Newport, Wales – and landed on an audition for the ITV show.
Nazarii and the troupe wow the crowd at the London Palladium.
Nazarii told me, “My parents wanted me to dance Ukrainian folk dance, but I ended up ballroom dancing instead.
“I prefer dancing in the UK than in Ukraine, I’m learning new moves although I miss my coaches in Ukraine.”
Although there is a small language barrier, the group welcomed Nazarii with open arms and he automatically became a member of the dance family.
And they quickly taught him the basic English he needed to know – with the first word being “potato”.
On Saturday’s episode of the show, viewers will see judge Bruno Tonioli surprise the group at Madame Tussauds, where he pretends to be a wax figure before inviting them to join the show.
During their audition, the girls in the group tell Simon Cowell, “We’re all like old married couples who always piss each other off, the girls are definitely the bossy ones!”
Watch Nazarii and United To Dance this Saturday at 8pm on ITV1 and ITVX.