Fans of Britain’s Got Talent will remember little Julia Carlile, the dancer who suffered from scoliosis.
She and her dance troupe Merseygirls were fan favourites right from the beginning, and Alesha even gave them her gold star – ensuring they made it through to the live rounds.
We had previously reported Julia was undergoing surgeries for her condition – which gives her a curved spine – which were paid for by Simon Cowell.
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Julia had been updating her fans on Twitter of her progress with her procedures to rectify the disease that threatened her passion.
She even went on ITV’s This Morning to discuss her procedures and her struggle to get back on the dance floor.
In the interview, she said:
It has been really hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I just decided I’m going to get better now, because I just want to dance.
When asked where she would be without the procedures payed for by Simon, she admitted she would be a mess because she would have had to have a procedure which prevented her from ever dancing again.
But thankfully, that hasn’t happened, and she is healing amazingly well after her procedures.
We have even seen a result of all those gruelling procedures after she wowed at the National Reality Television Awards.
— Julia / BGT GB 2017 (@juliacarlile_x) September 19, 2017
Julia also posted a selfie to Twitter before the awards, saying how excited she was, receiving a lot of support from her followers.
The procedures on her back cost over £175,000, a cost which was originally meant to be stumped up by winning the BGT prize.
Julia Carlile failed to win the competition, but Simon paid for the procedures regardless.
— Julia / BGT GB 2017 (@juliacarlile_x) September 18, 2017
Simon told the Merseygirls:
You know when we met, when we did the auditions… I was thinking, ‘there’s a reason why you came on this year’, because I promise you this: whatever happens, we’ll make sure you’re in a great place.
I promise you.
What a great story for Julia and proof that Simon is actually a great guy when it comes down to it.