Ghanaian Dancers Abigail & Afronitaa Earn Third Place In Britain’s Got Talent

Ghanaian dance duo Abigail & Afronitaaa secured a third-place finish in the 17th season finale of ITV variety show Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday.

The duo finished behind magician Jack Rhodes and singer Sydnie Christmas, who won the TV competition. As the winner, Sydnie Christmas took home the £250 000 cash prize and earned the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance later in the year.

“I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported us,” Afronitaaa said after the talent show’s conclusion. “It’s been the most beautiful journey ever and this has been a dream come true.”

Abigail & Afronitaaa advanced to the grand final on 30 May after impressing judges Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, with their performance choreographed to music by Ghanaian singer Fuse ODG and US pop icon Beyoncé.

In the final round, the duo delivered a dance routine set to the music of Reggie ‘n’ Bollie, Fuse ODG and The Outhere Brothers.

“The culture has come so far from zero or negative representation to the whole country seeing Africa in a celebratory manner,” Fuse ODG, who cheered on Abigail & Afronitaaa from the crowd, said ahead of the final. “This is what we worked for! This is truly New Africa.”

“Stellar display ladies Afronitaaa and Abigail,” Ghanaian Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia posted on X. “You are shining ambassadors of Ghana. We are proud of you.”

Afronitaaa, 20, moonlights as a social media influencer. She discovered her passion for dance as a teenager. An alumna of the DWP Academy in Accra, she is behind the Afrostar Kids Academy for children between the ages of three and 12. In 2020, she was named Female Dancer of the Year at the Ghana Youth Entertainment Awards.

Seven-year-old Abigail, a hearing-impaired talent, rose to fame after winning Season 14 of TV3’s Talented Kidz show in April.

“Abigail here is an incredible dancer from Ghana,” Afronitaaa said when introducing Abrigail to the judges during their audition in February. “She was actually born deaf. She recently received a hearing aid, which allows her to hear a bit, but only in her left ear.

“The first day I saw her, I felt such a strong connection, that I decided to mentor her. Abigail has been dancing since she was little. When I saw a video of her dancing, I was covered in goosebumps, and we formed a dance duo shortly thereafter.”

Despite the communication challenges posed by Abigail’s hearing impairment, the duo has developed a unique method of choreography, relying on body movements and gestures.

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