Ireland’s cutest ninja sword fighter did the nation proud in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
Nine-year-old Jesse-Jane McParland put on a fantastic final performance, in which she slayed bad guys with ease, all dressed in her pink outfit and pigtails.
The final performance was based on a traditional video game format, in which the viewer saw a ‘pick player’ selection arrow hovering above the pint-sized powerhouse.
Jesse-Jane then proceeded to display her frightening agility and sword fighting skills, with front flips, back drops, karate chops and the rest.
The performance had the whole arena in raptures, with the audience going wild and the judges left in awe. Alesha Keys said: “Jesse you’re incredible. I’m so glad the public brought you back as the wildcard, well deserved, well done!”
Amanda Holden added: “I loved the video game theme, it was fantastic. You did fabulously well for Ireland.”
Lead judge Simon Cowell said: “Things have moved on a lot from My Little Pony. Now we’ve got you killing ninjas. I see you now in a TV series.”
Presenters Ant and Dec then spoke to Jesse-Jane, who had suddenly transformed from deadly ninja back into a cute, little girl. They asked her how she had felt when the public voted her back into the show as their wildcard for the final. She said: “I was so excited that I jumped up and down and hit my head on the bed!”
The Dublin star has enjoyed a rollercoaster ride through this year’s talent contest. In her first audition she shocked the judges with her fighting abilities, when they were probably expecting her to perform a singing or dancing audition.
Jesse-Jane was selected to appear in the show’s semi-finals, only to suffer a heart-breaking exit. She and impressionist Danny Posthill finished behind magician Jamie Raven in the public vote, meaning they were subjected to the dreaded judge’s vote to decide who would go through to the final.
Both acts received two votes from the judges meaning the decision had to be made by going back to the public vote.
Poor Jesse-Jane could be seen bravely fighting back the tears as it was revealed that she had received fewer votes than her rival and would be leaving the competition.
Thankfully, the British public realised their mistake and promptly voted for Jesse-Jane to be their wildcard choice for the final so that she could perform one more time.
She eventually finished the competition in 8th place, but not before she had won the hearts of the Irish and British public and made herself a national star.
Take a look at Jesse-Jane’s final performance below.