An Irish dancer made the judges’ jaws drop on BBC talent show The Greatest Dancer when he switched from a traditional Irish dance routine to some Beyoncé-esque struts across the dancefloor.
The sudden change in dancing style stunned everyone in the room and earned Jake O’Shea a safe passage through to the next round of the competition.
O’Shea is one of the most innovative Irish dancers in the world. He has been named the All Ireland Champion Irish Dancer on six occasions and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 series of Ireland’s Got Talent.
He has now crossed the Irish Sea to try his luck on the British talent-finding show The Greatest Dancer.
His audition began with him showcasing his expertise and skill in Irish dance as he jumped, hopped and tapped his way across the stage.
The judges and audience were already suitably impressed when the music changed, and O’Shea began shaking his body and strutting himself around the stage in the style of pop superstar and worldwide sensation Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
Everyone in the room was stunned at what they were seeing.
It took a moment for the audience to recompose themselves before they erupted in applause and rose to their feet to give a standing ovation to O’Shea.
After the rapturous applause had died down, presenter Alesha Dixon, who is an expert dancer herself and former winner of the BBC’s most famous dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing, joined O’Shea on the stage and said: “You little minx. That was such a good surprise!”
She opened the floor to the judges to offer their feedback and all were full of praise for O’Shea.
Todrick Hall said he would not only like to tap with O’Shea, but also go to the club with him,
Oti Mabuse added: “I loved it and I think we got to see who you really are!”
Take a look at the audition video below, and hopefully there will be many more star performances from O’Shea as he progresses through the competition.