DANCER Tom Hughes-Lloyd turned in a dazzling performance in the final of a TV talent show – but missed out on glory.
Bodypopper Tom, from Ponciau, was one of 10 acts who took part in a nerve shredding live final of Sky 1’s Got To Dance last night.
The 14-year-old made the final after an energetic routine on the first live show in February earned him three gold stars from judges Ashley Banjo, Kimberley Wyatt and Aston Merrygold.
Tom’s performance last night won praise from celebrity figures.
Writing on the Twitter website, actress Jennifer Ellison said: “Wow!! Amazing performance from JEFA student Thomas Hughes Lloyd in Got to Dance Final!! Come on!!!! X”
And Kirk Norcross, from reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex, wrote: “Oiiiiii that Tom on #gottodance is something special!!!! He's got my vote!!!!”
But after public voting Tom was eliminated and Lukas emerged as the victor.
The popular show, hosted by Davina McCall, aims to find Britain and Ireland’s best dance act – whether a solo, duo or group – with £250,000 up for grabs.
Other acts in the final of the fourth series included Birmingham street dancers Antics, East London ‘krumper’ Godson and Fife acrobatics troupe Gymtasia Evolution.
Tom, a pupil of Ysgol y Grango in Rhos, is a self-taught street dancer who has been honing his skills at home for the past three years. He got his first taste of fame last year when he won first place in The Only Way is Wrexham talent show at Theatr Stiwt in Rhos, judged by Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona as well as Jo Birchall, who first found fame on Pop Idol, and Liverpool DJ Simon Greening.
Tom, who is supported by parents Dawn and Andrew, and sister Carlie, has been making the most of his new-found fame by making personal appearances across Wrexham.