Mr. Nasty just turned himself into Mr. Caring. 57-year-old Britain’s Got Talent judge, Simon Phillip Cowell, decided to do a great deed. He confirmed about two weeks ago that he would pay for life-changing surgery for a 15-year-old teenage dancer. The surgery itself costs over $100,000. What happened to provoke this, we may ask ourselves? Simon is mostly known for being the harshest judge, insulting and red facing the contestants throughout the show. He has actually gained a reputation as one of the meanest men in show business, but people have started to think differently of him.
Teenager Julia Carlile is a member of BGT finalist five-person dancing group MerseyGirls. She suffers from scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to twist or curve. This condition may stop her from dancing in the future. Doctors told the young girl when she was only six that she would need to travel to America for anterior scoliosis correction surgery, costing about $100,000.
This girl really had a plan. If the MerseyGirls won on Saturday, June 3rd’s big finale of BGT, she was to use some of the £250,000 winner’s money ($322,000) to pay for her operation. Sadly, however, MerseyGirls were pipped to the post by Pianist Tokio Myers. But, Cowell was left heartbroken by the story of the girl and insisted on paying the full amount for the surgery.
Simon first met the young dancer when she auditioned along with her four friends, doing a routine to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song, complete with backflips, cartwheels, and the splits. The troupe received a standing ovation from the audience as the judges sang their praises.
Julia talked about her struggle with scoliosis for the first time in public on the show. She later told Mirror Online: “I always used to cover up my back to make sure no one could see it and in rehearsals, I didn’t really want to take my T-shirt off.”
Bravely enough, she got on BGT, adding: “But then I got on stage and just did it. I realized I shouldn’t care what people think. This experience has changed me as a person, I feel better in myself.”
Speaking to the Sun, the big-hearted judge said: “There’s no way I would ever have her [Julia] on this show and say, it’s all just about winning the £250,000. I couldn’t do that. You have to draw the line at a certain point. But I think if someone comes on in this situation, to do nothing would be, well, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror. You create a connection. And I think with us, in this particular case, I think there is something we can do. There’s no way I would ever say: ‘Right, you came second, so it’s all over.'”
After the performance, Simon vowed: ‘Whatever happens, we’re going to make sure you end up in a great place, don’t worry.’