Britain’s Got Talent 2012: Profile of UWS (United We Stand)
United We Stand is a hip hop dance group which is made up of 14 members. The group have entered a number of UK and world dance competitions and although they have placed in the final, they are yet to win any major competitions but have high hopes that BGT will be their opportunity to prove themselves and win. The group rehearse together three or four times a week at a dance space in East London and the group describe themselves as a big family and like to socialise together whenever they aren’t dancing.
What made you audition for Britain’s Got Talent this year?
The company has been established since 2005 and most of us teach young people as well as perform. We want to follow our dreams of performing around the world whilst giving back to the young by building a studio/community centre and giving them good opportunities that could change their lives. We felt that this competition was just the ticket in accomplishing both of these goals and making it a reality for us.
What’s the most exciting thing about your Britain’s Got Talent experience so far?
Sitting around the television, all together as a group watching our first audition back. To know that people all around the world had seen that clip of us dancing, especially the younger generation and to know that to some, we were an inspiration to strive and work hard for your dreams. We can’t have any better experience than that.
Are you nervous about performing in the live shows? Which Judge scares you the most?
We are definitely nervous! Especially as our concept for our semi-final is something that we hope viewers at home will connect with and understand. But we are also very excited and can’t wait for the new chapter in our journey on the show.
As for the Judges, we are nervous about all of them as in their own rights they all bring something to the table. Although we are slightly nervous for Amanda Holden to watch us as in our audition we had Carmen Electra as the guest judge. Amanda is yet to see us dance live and we also know that she is a hard judge to please. Hopefully she will take to us as much as the other Judges did.
What will you do with the £500,000 prize money if you win?
Our goal that we have stated clearly from the beginning is to build a centre for young people in our community. We want to use our talents to make a change in our society and young people are the main people we want to help. Although we do have other dreams of doing tours and performances internationally. We would ideally love to do something with the Olympics as it’s a great historical event that’s just on our doorstep too.
What does performing at the Royal Variety Performance mean to you?
It would mean the universe to us to know that Her Majesty the Queen is coming out to watch us perform. It would be such an honor and a story that we would tell our children’s children about in years to come.
Why should you win Britain’s Got Talent?
Because we are a great representation of the young people today. In a time where the world may see images of youngsters rioting, we feel that picture needs to get changed. And we want to show the younger generation from inner city London areas in a more positive light.
How would you feel if you won? What do you want to do at the end of BGT?
I think it would be a mixture of the feeling of pins and needles for the tingling shock of winning. Then the warm feeling of drinking hot chocolate on a cold day for that humbling experience. Topped with the feeling of cold water being splashed in your face to wake you up for the excitement we’d all be going through at the same time.
At the end of BGT, we just want to push the group and its message via performances and shows around the world as well as the group’s life-long goal of building our community centre to run our own self esteem building dance classes for young boys and girls that are all around London let alone our community. We just want our existence to make a change whilst flying the British flag.
Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know.
We started with just six members and through hard work and perseverance; we now have our own mini tribe. With the help of this show, the company can now be taken to the next level.
If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
Of course the number one person would have been Michael Jackson. As he has influenced both the music and dance industries. He is a true legend that will always be missed. Others would include Janet Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Timberland and Obama. On a personal level, Simon Cowell as he has a great business mind and being the man behind an empire of great shows, means he is a great role model for being a product of perseverance, determination and drive.
Who has been your favourite act from previous series of Britain’s Got Talent?
Naturally, Flawless and Diversity are the two main auditions that inspired us the most. They are two British dance crews that now have a wonderful dance career and are living their dreams every day. This is something that we would wish for ourselves and watching that has been a great aid in pushing us harder.