Simon Cowell will fund £80,000 back operation for Britain’s Got Talent MerseyGirls finalist Julia Carlile
BIG-HEARTED Britain’s Got Talent boss Simon Cowell is paying for a life-changing operation for one of this year’s stars.
The talent show judge, 57, has vowed to fund the £78,000 treatment for 15-year-old dancer Julia Carlile, who suffers from scoliosis and needs to travel to America to correct a curve in her spine.
Simon Cowell is to fund an operation for Julia Carlile
Julia performs in the dance group MerseyGirls with her sister Alice, 17, and best pals Annie Winstanley, 17, Becky Jordan, 16, and Poppy Gerrard, 15.
She was planning to use some of the £250,000 prize money to pay for the procedure if they won.
Now Simon has revealed he will foot the bill of the anterior scoliosis correction surgery, which could improve her life but halt her chances of becoming a dancer, in the US.
Julia is part of the MerseyGirls who will compete in the Britain’s Got Talent final
In an exclusive with The Sun, generous Simon said: “There’s no way I would ever have her [Julia] on this show and say, it’s all just about winning the £250,000. I couldn’t do that. You would do the same thing.
“You get letters, you get calls. You have to draw the line at a certain point. But I think if someone comes on in this situation, to do nothing would be, well, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.
“You create a connection. And I think with us, in this particular case, I think there is something we can do.
“There’s no way I would ever say: ‘Right, you came second, so it’s all over’.”
The girls, who are all from the Wirral, are one of the favourites to win Saturday’s final after becoming judge Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer choice in the audition stages.
Julia, who was diagnosed with scoliosis aged six, previously revealed how the group’s audition was the first time she had revealed her problem publicly.
Julia has discussed coping with her condition
Originally called Just Us, the girls later discovered an existing dance group with the same name, and settled on MerseyGirls.
When they performed their emotional routine to American singer Rachel Platten’s No1 hit Fight Song, with Julia doing backflips, cartwheels and the splits, they got a standing ovation.
The MerseyGirls performance put them straight into the final
In Thursday night’s show the group were put through to Saturday’s final - after a ballet routine to Andra Day’s Rise Up.
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