Dancing could cripple 'Talent' winner:( George Sampson)

Found 2nd Jun 2008
LONDON (AFP) - Doctors have warned George Sampson, the breakdancing 14-year-old who won first prize in the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent, that he could end up crippled if he continues dancing, a report in The Sun newspaper said Monday.

Sampson, who won the coveted 100,000 pound prize on Saturday for his lively performance of Singin' in the Rain, suffers from a rare condition called Scheuermanns disease, which affects developing bones in children and teenagers and can cause a curvature of the spine.



His performance, which saw him breakdancing to a jazzed-up version of song taken from the 1952 Gene Kelly musical, ends with him executing a bone-jarring flip onto his back.

Speaking to the paper, the youngster who comes from Warrington in Cheshire, said doctors have warned him he should stop breakdancing in case it leaves him permanently disabled.

The condition even caused him to go temporarily blind in one eye for two months around Christmas time, he said.

"The eye was all inflamed. I'd been using Deep Heat for my sore back, so at first I just thought I'd got it in my eye. But I ended up blind," he said.

"The spinal nerves were trapped and it affected my optic nerves.

"I lost all my coordination and it was really hard to dance, as I didn't have my balance. I kept bumping into everything."

Although his eyesight was restored, doctors have said he must immediately go to hospital at the first sign of any soreness in his right eye.

Despite the scare, Sampson went ahead to compete and win the talent show, and has said nothing will prevent him from performing.

"Theres no way I'd ever give up dancing. Nothing would stop me," he told the paper.

The show, screened on ITV1, was watched by over 14 million people.

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cant believe he won

and i dont even watch the show

He was a worthy winner, an inspiration to all of the young kids out there!

He was great I wanted him to go through last year so was really pleased he won this year

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He should never of won IMHO
Ddin't he get a 100K check?
Simple....stop dancing..... do yourself and the country a favour

Just because you don't like something don't think you represent the Country!

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smithers;2229912

Just because you don't like something don't think you represent the … Just because you don't like something don't think you represent the Country!


never said I did, but seems amazing how many people prefeered the other acts to him.....
Sob story...country fell for it...

He copied the whole thing anyway.......at least signature were original

Even as a b-boy he wasn't that good.

he was good as a body popper but as a breakdancer he was just like anoynoe else

nothing special

if a talented sinhger kept dropping notes would you vote for him her to win?
no of course not

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jasonrat;2230104

he was good as a body popper but as a breakdancer he was just like … he was good as a body popper but as a breakdancer he was just like anoynoe else nothing specialif a talented sinhger kept dropping notes would you vote for him her to win?no of course not




Exactly....
Personally I'm not a fan of dancing acts but Signature were far better and more entertaining
Thought the lad who got bullied was brilliant, but think for voice alone the brummie kid was awesome

ODB_69;2229932

never said I did, but seems amazing how many people prefeered the other … never said I did, but seems amazing how many people prefeered the other acts to him.....Sob story...country fell for it...He copied the whole thing anyway.......at least signature were original



I wouldn't call Signature original. Though they added some individuality, it was essentially a Michael Jackson tribute dance.

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hypnoticstate;2230171

I wouldn't call Signature original. Though they added some individuality, … I wouldn't call Signature original. Though they added some individuality, it was essentially a Michael Jackson tribute dance.


Yeah but that other kid copied someone elses routine...

Vid was posted on here the other day

Well i like George... Good luck to him, lets hope he takes is dancing a lot further... And now he can go and work out in a proper dance school.. etc.... Wish id have done what he as done at is age... he could go far.. film, music vids, etc..... lord iv been dancing since 1977.. and hope to keep at it.. get lots of leg, knee ache through..... well you try the splits , and , spinning, etc, when you,re past 50.... GOOD LUCK GEORGE.
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