Emma Haslam doesn’t look like what you might envision when you think of the typical expert pole dancer, but after watching her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, we became believers.
The 27-year-old Haslam — you can check out her YouTube channel here — is a pole dancing enthusiast who does what she does to promote a positive body image, even if you don’t look like a magazine cover model. She also simply has a love for this form of dance.
On a recent episode of the hit talent competition, Haslam blew audiences and all four judges away with her number set to the song “Firework” by Katy Perry.
She quickly proved that the song was a fitting choice for her act.
You can see the uncertainty on all four judges’ faces — including Simon Cowell — as Emma Haslam reveals her talent. Weighing in at 15 stone (or 210 pounds for those of us in the States), this young woman proved her weight to be nothing but a number.
With confidence, she grabbed the pole and began, turning in one of the most graceful and elegant dance performances we’ve ever seen, pole-dancing or otherwise.
If you don’t believe us, just click play and watch for yourself.
As for personal details, Emma Haslam is married with a three-year-old daughter (sorry, guys), and she competes in professional pole-dancing competitions in the UK.
Her next appearance will be at the Yorkshire Pole Championships on June 7.
As far as her future with Britain’s Got Talent is concerned, she revealed in a recent Facebook post that she did not make the live shows — probably because producers weren’t sure what to do about her unique act.
The last time BGT gave any real love to dancers was in 2009 when the dance troupe Diversity picked up a win over Susan Boyle in the finals of that year’s competition.
Considering that it took 10 of them to pull out the victory, it’s no wonder BGT 2014 decided to pass on a lone pole dancer who does not fit the stereotypical image for her sport.
Still, Haslam isn’t letting the loss get her down.
According to her Facebook, she continues to teach pole dancing in her native Derby, UK. The sport has picked up quite a bit of mainstream respect in recent years in spite of the setting it’s most commonly associated with.
What do you think, Inquisitr readers? Should Britain’s Got Talent have kept Emma Haslam around and were you as amazed by her moves as we were?