SYNCHRONISED swimmer Beth Smith made a splash in the live final of Britain’s Got Talent last weekend.
The Solihull College student is a member of Aquabatique, a quartet whose underwater displays have wowed viewers of the ITV show.
In last Thursday’s semi-final, the group performed a routine to a medley of James Bond music; inside a tank specially installed outside the studios.
They remain the first act in the show’s six year run to be allowed to perform outdoors – with the judges watching via video-link.
The girls were runners-up on the night, finishing behind Irish singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy, and were put through to the final by the judging panel.
On Saturday, the girls clambered back into the tank and performed an all-new routine – with their eyes on the prize of the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.
Judge Alesha Dixon heaped praise on the team for coming up with something new in such a short period of time. “You work so hard,” said the former Mis-Teeq singer.
“I love what you represent, and I think you did an amazing job in the circumstances.”
But the foursome failed to make the final three, and the show was eventually won by dancing dog Pudsey and his owner Ashleigh Butler.
Nonetheless, Aquabatique said that they’d loved the time they’d spent on the series.
“Don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life, but it was all worth it,” said Beth.
The 22-year-old took up synchronised swimming at the tender age of six, and went on to win local and regional finals.
She was “gutted” not to make Great Britain’s Olympic team, but is currently studying at Solihull’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.