WATER opportunity! Solihull College student Beth Smith is this week set to make a splash in front of 10 million people nationwide.
She’s one quarter of synchronised swimming group Aquabatique - who have made it to the live semi finals of ITV juggernaut Britain’s Got Talent.
The all-women troupe were due to appear on last night’s (Thursday’s) edition of the show, vying for the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.
Birmingham-born Beth, aged 22, says the group will be going all-out to win the public vote and a spot in Saturday’s final.
“We’ve really upped-our game,” she told us on Tuesday, having just finished a gruelling practice session at the show’s London studios.
“It’s a lot faster and we’ve spent eight to ten hours in the tank some days perfecting the routine and making sure we’re all in time.
“All four of us are retired synchronised swimmers, so it’s obviously a wonderful chance to raise awareness of the sport. And this competition means an awful lot to us.”
In the auditions stage, the girls received glowing praise from the panel of judges, including the notoriously hard to please Simon Cowell - who said their underwater display made him “proud to be British”.
“We do think it’s a unique performance,” said Beth, who completes her business course this summer. “We were the first act where the judges had to leave their comfy chairs and watch the auditions outside.
“We’ve wanted to enter for several years, but the logistics of getting the tanks on stage have posed a problem in the past.
“But since it’s the Olympic year and Simon has wanted to make it the best series yet, we really pushed to get involved this time.”
Find out how Aquabatique fared in next week’s paper and if you get this edition in time, don’t forget to give them your vote.