FITNESS instructor Lisa Sampson has wowed judges on Britain’s Got Talent with her hula hooping routine.
All four judges stood to applaud the Upper Beeding mother of three on Saturday night’s programme, voting her into the next round.
Asked how she started hula hopping, the 35-year-old said: “I stole my daughter’s hula hoop and I practised at home and broke all the furniture.”
Judge Amanda Holden told her: “I love the fact that you are just a normal mother who broke her television.”
Simon Cowell asked her where she saw herself in ten years time and she answered ‘more hoops’.
Lisa, who runs Boogie Hoops fitness classes at Upper Beeding Sports Hall, performed an intricate routine, balancing hoops on various parts of her body as well as hooping with a long stack, in a formation called a slinky.
Speaking afterwards, she said: “I didn’t make any mistakes. I was so nervous but I just wanted the kids to be so proud of me.”
Lisa first came across hula-hooping in 2011, when she took her children Shaquille, Mya and Damon to a circus skills workshop.
At the time, she could not even touch her toes but she started to teach herself at home from YouTube videos and can now spin up to 50 hoops at a time, keep two hoops spinning while doing the splits for ten minutes, and even include a bit of the Charleston dance into her hooping routine.
Last summer, Lisa was invited to join Circus World for one night only when it visited Shoreham. She was so popular, the Hampshire entertainment group ended up inviting her to perform at the rest of their shows at Adur Recreation Ground.
I love the fact that you are just a normal mother who broke her televisionAmanda Holden, Britain’s Got Talent judge
Simon Cowell told Lisa: “I love the whole ’50s pin-up thing you do and you are really cute, enthusiastic and fun. I just loved it.”
David Walliams added: “It was just relentlessly entertaining and I think that Simon is right, you at the centre of it that really makes it work. You are so endearing, I just loved it.”
Her family was seen in the audience supporting her and when she joked that her husband wanted to divorce her because of the damage to the furniture, he was shown vigorously shaking his head. Afterwards, Damon ran up to give her a big hug.
This is the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent, which began airing on ITV on April 11, selecting acts for the live semi-finals.