Yes, She Is Eighty Years Old. Yes, Simon Scoffed at Her. and Yes, She Blew the Audience Away. Paddy and Nico Will Dance Your Socks Off.

“This is weird.” Such were the first words on the lips of (in)famous talent judge Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent. What was so weird? Paddy is a great grandmother and turns 80 in July, and she appeared on stage in flappy, sparkly salsa garb to dance a routine. And Simon seemed to be right: Paddy was clearly the archetype granny, plodding through a slow dance routine that everyone both loved and was easily bored by – until a sudden, unexpected change in tempo saw her and partner Nico set the dance floor on fire. See this grandmother saunter her way into the competition and your heart by clicking play below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.