IT WASN’T good enough for Simon Cowell.
But a routine that failed to impress the TV impresario on Britain’s Got Talent has seen a Huddersfield dance troupe named the best in the country for the second year running.
The Delicious freestyle formation team, a group of 10 to 13-year-olds from Bodyrockerz Dance School in Honley, were given the thumbs down by Cowell when they auditioned for the last series of the ITV talent show.
He only let them perform one minute of their three-minute routine at the Manchester audition and claimed they were too similar to other freestyle teams in the competition to go through.
But the youngsters have proved their ability by again claiming top prize in the International Dance Teacher’s Association Medallist of the Year national finals.
Teacher Amanda Johnson said: "The routine was the same routine which they had performed for the Britain’s Got Talent judges and cameras – except they performed the full three minutes.
"The pupils in the team performed with the same professionalism and talent as they had at the audition.
"The seven judges – all qualified dance teachers and adjudicators – gave a unanimous decision, all placing Delicious first.
"There was no other final on the day in which competitors were selected first by all seven."
The troupe won the same title at last year’s competition which made them decide to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
There was a row during their performance as Cowell and fellow judge Piers Morgan, who voted to send them out, clashed with Amanda Holden and Kelly Brook, who wanted to put them through.
Although Cowell had his way, Mrs Johnson said the troupe were determined not to let it get them down.
She said: "We remained positive and confident that Delicious were a fantastic and talented team and didn’t let his decision stop us in our tracks."
After winning the north-east regional heat last year, they performed at this year’s national finals at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
A number of other dancers from the school also impressed the judges to win trophies in several categories.
They were: Chloe Green, Ashleigh Powell, Zoe Ward, Chloe Green, Gypsi Thomas-Lockwood, Beth Todd, Katie Green, Betsy Rowley, Ben Scott, Jess Gerrard, Laura Thomas, Sarah Bates, Ashleigh Powell and Lauren Powell.
Mrs Johnson said: "We are obviously very proud of our pupils."