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Black Country comedian Eva, 14, shoots to fame on Britain's Got Talent

A teenager from the Black Country has shot to fame after her stealing the nation's hearts with her comedy routine on Britain's Got Talent.

Eva Abley. Photo: ITV
Eva Abley. Photo: ITV

Eva Abley, who has cerebral palsy, had viewers – and the judges – in stitches as she performed on the latest episode of the ITV talent series.

And the 14-year-old, whom many people said should have been given the golden buzzer to progress to the semi-finals, soon got people laughing.

Watch Eva's BGT performance here:

"Before I start, I would like to apologise if you can't understand me. I've got a disability called cerebral palsy – and I'm from the Black Country," she said.

"My full medical diagnosis is spastic ataxic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Really? I have enough trouble asking Alexa a question and they expect me to say that? I mean, come on!"

Her routine saw her receive a standing ovation from the four judges alongside the crowd.

Amanda Holden, a judge on the show, said: "Stand up comedy is the hardest thing ever, we always say that on Britain's Got Talent because the reaction is immediate – you are either funny or you're not funny, so you immediately won us over.

"Your timing was fantastic. You're so vivacious and charismatic and it was so relaxing to watch you, I felt completely entertained from start to finish."

Fellow judge David Walliams said: "You're brilliantly funny, every single line was an absolute zinger. I think to be a successful comedian, part of that is being memorable and you are very memorable – but most of all it was hilarious."

Simon Cowell added: "You're fearless and people are going to love you, they really are. We're meeting the most incredible people this year, like you, who are just brilliant. I think you're one to beat now, Eva, I love you."

And Alesha Dixon added: "I bet your friends just love hanging out with you because you have got the coolest personality. You're just a lovely, lovely personal and I hope this is thbeginningng of something amazing for you."

Following her success on the show, the student appeared on ITV's Lorraine show on Monday and told host Lorraine Kelly about how the routine was her way of getting back at the bullies who drove her to be home-schooled.

"I started to tell people my jokes and then, because I find it hard with a disability for people to accept me, I found that jokes were kind of breaking that point in my disability, then people would want to get to know me more," she said.

Eva explained that she recorded a joke on Instagram and that "Britain’s Got Talent saw it", with Lorraine adding: “So it came from that? Isn’t that amazing."

Meanwhile, Eva's comedy routine saw her gain a crowd of new fans – including the likes of Wolves legend Steve Bull, who posted on social media.

He said: "Catching up on BGT, had to give a huge shout to Eva Abley, you were absolutely brilliant! on behalf of myself and everyone (at) Wolves, we all wish you all the luck in the world.

"Eva, you deserve it – can’t wait to see you perform again and hope you make the final #wolvesayewe #superstar #blackcountrygirl #prouddad."

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