George Sampson returned to BGT for a special festive performance with Diversity (Picture: Rex)
All the way back in 2008, 14-year-old George was named the winner of the second series of Britain’s Got Talent.
The young dancer was perhaps best remembered for his mesmerising routine to Mint Royale’s remix of Singin’ in the Rain, which ended up topping the charts.
12 years later, the now 27-year-old is back, taking to the stage with Diversity and Diversity Juniors (DVJ) for the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special.
The mega-group put on the first performance of the programme, with judge Ashley Banjo also taking part.
Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent the year after George, being voted the winners over singer Susan Boyle in the final.
Several viewers praised George, Diversity and DVJ on their stellar moves on the festive special, while also celebrating George’s welcome comeback.
‘George Sampson is #BGT royalty love it when he comes back and performs,’ one person tweeted.
‘Yes @georgesampson back on Britain’s Got Talent my favourite winner of all time,’ another said, while someone else described the performance as ‘unreal’.
One Twitter user remarked that they thought George looked ‘grown up’, while another described the routine as ‘so imaginative and brilliantly choreographed’.
Clearly it went down a treat with plenty of viewers sat in front of their TVs after Christmas dinner!
Following the act, George shared a picture on social media of himself and one of his fellow dancers sitting on a bench during the routine.
‘Merry Christmas everyone,’ he wrote alongside a heart emoji.
Last year, George appeared on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, having previously been told by doctors he may never dance again after sustaining a back injury.
The performance on the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special also marked Diversity’s 11-year anniversary on the show, as the dance troupe competed on the show in 2009.
‘I feel like it’s been really nice to get to over 10 years of Diversity, get through the end of a really horrible year, but then also do something that sort of brings us full circle,’ Ashley said ahead of the routine.
‘It’s made me feel sort of fired up, so it’s been inspiring and humbling, and has made me fired up for the next 10 years.’
Before the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special aired, judge Alesha Dixon was also featured on another festive programme.
The musician also made a special appearance on the Strictly Christmas special, looking back on her time as a contestant, winner and former judge.
The Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Spectacular will be available on ITV Player.
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