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'Britain's Got Talent' Spelbound: One year on

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Alex Uttley from Spelbound
Spelbound blew away the competition on last year's Britain's Got Talent, landing a spot at the Royal Variety and the £100,000 grand prize. The gymnastic troupe returned to the BGT stage on Monday with a new look and a fresh routine to wow over 10 million viewers all over again. Reality Bites caught up with Spelbound's Alex Uttley later in the week to find out how the ITV1 reality show has changed their lives.

How did it feel to be back on the Britain's Got Talent stage earlier this week?
"It was fantastic... back to where it all began! It was great to be back on that stage and performing for the judges. We were a bit nervous about that routine because on the show we always did things that were more dynamic and this was much slower. We weren't sure if anyone would be interested or enjoy it that much, but thankfully we got good reviews and I think we were even trending on Twitter afterwards."

Did the nerves come back that you had last year?
"We spoke about that and the whole group agreed that we didn't feel the nerves like last time. We've had a whole year of performing shows so we're a lot more confident in many ways. But obviously there was a certain amount of pressure because of the expectations on us and we wanted people to sit back, stop and say, 'Wow, they were worthy winners'. There definitely was expectations and nervousness, but I think we've relaxed into it a lot more. We've been there and done that, but we just wanted to show why we won."

What have been the highlights of your past 12 months?
"We're just getting to do things that we've never been asked to do before. We got to perform at Twickenham Stadium with Katherine Jenkins for Help for Heroes. For Money Supermarket we did TV idents, so we've been on TV ads. And obviously we did the Royal Variety. We never expected to do things like this and to get to meet stars and go to events. It's been incredible and it's changed our lives so much. It's allowed us to do what we love and care passionately about."

How have things been going for the group competitively?
"During BGT last year we were also training for the World Championships, which was really difficult. But we went and six of us came back with gold medals, which is the highest we can go in our sport. Some of the group have retired from the sport following that, some of the rest of us are carrying on. But looking ahead, our next big target is the Olympics."

Will you guys be involved in the opening ceremony?
"That's our ultimate goal at the moment that we're heading for and looking for. We've had talks and we've been put forward to the Opening Ceremony committee to be part of the Opening Ceremony."

How long can the group keep going for?
"At the moment, we're going to ride this wave for as long as we can. Spelbound took off in ways that we couldn't ever imagine. Of course there may be a point where someone says, 'Oh I don't want to do this anymore', but that has never come up in conversation. I still think there's a big future for the next two, three or four years. We want to be as big as we can be."

Have you noticed a change in attitude to gymnastics since you won the show?
"Definitely. We're still members of British Gymnastics and the numbers have massively increased following our performances. Also, I took my niece quite recently and I had some parents and children come up to me and explained that they had been inspired to take part by watching Spelbound on TV and that just means the world to us and gives us a great feeling."

What have you thought of this year's BGT contestants?
"Yeah, we have been watching. I really enjoyed the impersonator Les and Ronan the singer is great. But I think the one the whole of Spelbound enjoyed was Jean Martyn. We were all sat watching the show before a gig we were playing on Tuesday night. She was making us laugh and we all found her really entertaining. I think even a couple of the guys in the group voted for her."

What is Simon Cowell like to face after a performance?
"I think the original audition was the scariest for us. It was the first time we saw the judges and Simon Cowell and we had no idea how the audience or panel would react. But Simon Cowell's view is the most important. He's the one we all wanted to impress and during the competition we were always looking for his approval and opinion. We never wanted to hear him say, 'That wasn't as good as the first audition'. Everything he said positively boosted our confidence."

Where else can people see Spelbound this year?
"We're going around holiday camps in the summer, doing Butlins dates and there's definitely more TV work coming up. We're always getting asked to come on and do routines. People can check out our website and it will always let you know what we're up to."

Spelbound are currently working alongside Britain's Got Talent sponsors MoneySupermarket.com

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