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Young magician Issy Simpson has revealed her triumphant appearance on Britains Got Talent was inspired by her grandfather, amid claims his role as an advisor on the show helped secure her place in the final.
The eight year old rendered show judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams speechless with a highly accomplished routine on Tuesday evening.
And appearing on Wednesdays edition of This Morning as she looks ahead to the chance of performing at the Royal Variety Performance, she admitted seeking inspiration from a number of sources including her grandfather Russ Stevens, also a magician.
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Let’s talk:I had a Marvins Magic set and I loved Harry Potter, and I watched my granddad do tricks as well, she told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Issy joined fellow magician Matt Edwards, who will both go through to Sunday’s final after beating seven other acts, including third place contestants, contemporary dance act Grace and Ali.
The youngster had to be comforted by her mother on the stage as it all got too much for her when she was told by hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly that she had received the most public votes on the night.
Issy was no doubt delighted by the praise after she was caught at the centre of fix claims when it emerged her grandfather had previously been a magic coach on the ITV show.
Speaking to the Mail On Sunday the weekend before the live shows, Issy, from Blackpool, admitted she was ‘a bit nervous’ about the prospect of impressing the judges and millions watching at home in the two and a half minutes she had been allotted.
But she admitted: ‘I’ve been practising on my grandpa,’ professional magician Russ Stevens. It was Russ who got Issy interested in conjuring a year ago after buying her a Marvin’s Magic set and who has helped her hone her skills.
‘We started with a few tricks, like some card tricks, that were hard then but easy for me now,’ she says.
However Russ’s involvement caused more than a touch of controversy after it emerged he had once worked as a consultant magician on BGT.
But a spokesman for the show insists that Issy ‘went through the exact same process as any other act and was judged on her performance on the day’.
A source told MailOnline at the time of the fix claims that Issy very ‘upset’, explaining: ‘She idolizes her granddad and has always been inspired by him.’
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