Whether it was Jukebox Juniors or MJ Latin, Sky 1’s Got to Dance winner was going to be a hard-working, talented and extremely popular but it was 10 year old Akai from Kent who reigned supreme winning the £100k prize money.
He has only been dancing for one year and wowed viewers and the judges – Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Diversity Leader Ashley Banjo and West end dancer and movie actor Adam Garcia – with a set of sophisticated moves, including head spins, body popping and backsliding, which thrilled the audience and resulted in a standing ovation. “I can’t believe it,’ says Akai. This is amazing. It’s been the best night of my life, I don’t know what I’ll do with the prize money yet, but I definitely want to give some to charity. I haven’t decided which one yet”
The 90 minute live finale saw six talented dance acts compete against each other for the audience’s votes to win a life changing cash prize of £100k and claim the title of Got To Dance winner 2010.
Jukebox Juniors, a junior Cardiff based dance troupe, Matthew Koon, a 16 year old contemporary dancer, Glaswegian junior ballet group The Box, ten year old Perthshire contemporary dancer Emily Crow and MJ Latin, a Latin American style dance group from Preston all competed against Akai.
Diversity’s Ashley Banjo said of his win: “Firstly, he and his family should be so proud. He sums up this competition, he’s not professional, has only been dancing for a year and is only 10 years old and has just got to dance and he beats me hands down!”
Pussy Cat Doll Kimberly Wyatt continues: “I’m so proud of Akai, he has been on point to the max and I have so much respect for him. I love his confidence. Amazing!”
Akai said that he plans to buy a mobile phone with his winnings. Flavour sees a bright future for the 10-year old dancer.