One of the most inspiring stories from the last season of Britain's Got Talent was the MerseyGirls and their heartbreaking motivation to fight for the show's top prize.
A group of teenage dancers, the MerseyGirls wowed the judges - they got a Golden Buzzer to the live shows - and definitely had the skills to win the competition. But they had more reasons than most contestants to try and make it to the finals.
One of the MerseyGirl dancers, 15-year-old Julia Carlile, desperately needed money for an important surgery. Since age 6, Carlile has lived with scoliosis, or a curved spine. Along with being painful, the condition threatened to end her career as a dancer before it had really begun.
To keep dancing, Carlile would need an expensive surgery in America, which her family couldn't afford. MerseyGirls hoped to win the competition and use the $300,000 prize money to fund her operation.
The girls were fierce competitors, and made it all the way to the show's final rounds, where Julia back-flipped and cartwheeled along with the rest of her troupe. But she tearfully revealed to the judges that "this could be my last performance with the girls before my surgery, which is a really scary thought.”
In a heartbreaking turn of events the MerseyGirls came in 9th place, meaning that Carlile could not afford the surgery after all. But when they left the stage for the last time Simon Cowell met the dancers backstage, and he had some incredible news.
Find out how Julia is doing now on the next page!