Britain's Got Talent martial artist shares horror leg injury after hospital dash during thrilling final

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4 Jun 2024, 12:19

L to R: Ssaulabi Performance Troupe

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A member of the Ssaulabi Performance Troupe was rushed to hospital following a dramatic mid-air collision during the live finale.

Britain’s Got Talent’s finale was nothing short of a blockbuster with high-flying stunts, jaw-dropping performances, and a dramatic injury that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

The tension in the room was palpable as a member of the Ssaulabi Performance Troupe was rushed to the hospital following a disastrous mid-air collision.



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During the climactic performance on Sunday night, two members of the Korean martial arts group collided in mid-air while attempting to kick a wooden block.

Instead of executing the move flawlessly, one performer ended up crashing into his colleague, resulting in a leg injury that looked more like a scene out of a Mission Impossible movie.

The ambulance was called immediately as the injured performer hobbled out of the Hammersmith Apollo, leaving judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, and Bruno Tonioli visibly horrified.

The performer has since shared a gruesome photograph of his injury from his hospital bed, with his leg now encased in pins.

He poignantly captioned the photo with a simple 'sigh,' hinting at a long recovery ahead and possibly an extended hiatus from performing.

The accident unfolded in front of a live audience, with fans taking to social media to express their shock and concern.

One viewer tweeted, “Did one of the performers just break their foot? Looked serious #BGTfinal.”

Another added: “This is ever so cool but did I just see mateyboi break his foot and crawl off? That's gotta hurt #BGTfinal.”

A third fan marveled at the group's talent, saying: “These martial arts peeps should win tbf.

"I’ve not seen half these people before and this is actual talent… Plus one has literally crawled off stage and probably broken his foot in the process so fair play #BGT.”

A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent confirmed the incident, stating: “During last night’s live final, a member of the Ssaulabi Performance Troupe was injured.

"He was quickly seen by our onsite medical team before going to hospital for further treatment. All at BGT wish him a speedy recovery.”

Despite the high drama, the show must go on, and it did with Sydnie Christmas taking the crown as the BGT winner. But it wasn’t without its share of controversy.

Sydnie faced backlash and fix claims, which she vehemently denied in her post-victory interviews.

"I cannot believe the amount of love I've felt since it aired. It's absolutely—oh my god. I am overwhelmed with love and I wish for one day that everyone feels the way I do. It's amazing, thank you so much," she gushed.

Addressing the rumours head-on, Sydnie said: "[The fix rumours are] just not true. Everything has been genuine and I've said my truth so saying it's not is questioning me.

"There's nothing that breaks my heart more than to see [the doubt].”

She admitted that the allegations made her 'feel cr***y' and added, “It's soul-destroying but there's nothing I can do to change their minds so I've had to separate myself. I'd love to speak to them but they are so angry so there's nothing more I can do.”

Sydnie’s victory secured her an incredible £250,000 prize and a coveted spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

Speaking on This Morning to hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard, she emphasised that the win wasn’t about the money.

"It's not even about the money, this is just amazing," she said.

She revealed her plans to spend the cash, saying: "I loved my singing coach on BGT, she was amazing and got me through that. I said to her: 'I can now afford you once a week!' so I said that to her."

Reflecting on the final performance, Sydnie admitted being the last performer was nerve-wracking.

"Because I was last, I was like: 'No, why am I last? I've got to sit through it!' so I was pacing. I was watching it, I was clapping, I went in to watch Innocent [Masuku], absolutely amazing, made me sob, I had to get my make-up sorted out. I was like: 'How am I going to go on now?' it was so good, everyone was amazing," she explained.

Sydnie celebrated her win modestly with her family at Wetherspoons.

She shared a selfie on her Instagram Stories, captioning it: “Thank you everyone who voted for me. I don't know… my life! The Christmas clan are celebrating in the Wetherspoons.”

The Britain’s Got Talent final was a rollercoaster of emotions, from thrilling performances to heart-stopping mishaps, proving once again that anything can happen on live television.