Nicola Vincent-Abnett

Nicola Vincent-Abnett
"Savant" for Solaris, Wild's End, Further Associates of Sherlock Holms, more Wild's End

Sunday 11 May 2014

Fifteen Minutes of Fame part ii or The Addict Initiative

OK, so it was more like three minutes, but I’m still impressed!

We finally got to see the dort and her dance crew, The Addict Initiative strutting their stuff and doing their thing last night.

The Addict Initiative
Finally, on the fifth audition show for Britain’s Got Talent, the crew got to dance, and boy did they pull out all the stops!

The performance began the moment they hit the stage. It was all attitude. It was all designed for maximum impact... And it worked.

Simon Cowell isn’t known for his generosity to dance acts. He’s not a fan. He’s a bit jaded when it comes to watching kids, or anyone for that matter, prancing, jigging, strutting or generally moving to music. Some would say he's a bit jaded period. I rather like him, myself. And he rather liked AI.


I’ve seen the dort perform a lot over the years, and I always get a buzz out of it. She’s always well-prepared and well-rehearsed, so I don’t have to get nervous for her, and it’s always a treat to watch her doing what she loves to do. I’ve seen her in rehearsal rooms, on the stage in theatres, and even on film at the cinema. I’ve seen her dozens of times on FaceBook pages and on YouTube.

I didn’t expect this to be any different.

Somehow it was.

I don’t know if it was because I knew they were being watched by millions, that this was a shared experience on a big scale, but I actually felt a little shaky watching the crew perform this piece on the telly. I wasn’t nervous, exactly, and I wasn’t worried about the outcome, because I knew they’d put on a good show... They always do. Whether the judges liked it or not wasn’t really an issue for me, to be honest. There was something unique about the experience, though. Something I shall always remember.

They did a wonderful job. The crowd roared, and then we watched it again. The wonders of modern technology.

If you happened not to be tuned in to Britain’s Got Talent last night, and, frankly, I’m not a regular viewer of Saturday night tv, either, feel free to watch The Addict Initiative right here, right now.

The dort is the girl with the curly blonde hair... Trust me, you can’t miss her!


  1. I can't comment on the actual performance because it's not my thing so I don't know much about it, but I've seen enough of the TV talent shows to know the formula: people come on stage, introduce themselves, explain their act and then perform. This wasn't that. The refusal to engage with the formula made everyone sit up and take notice. System nicely gamed, well done to the lot of them.